By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ
Special to the PRESS
According to a press release, the water district initiated Stage 2 Water Shortage Conditions in its existing Water Conservation Plan. With the initiation of Stage 2, the water district is asking it’s customers to conserve water by adhering to certain water use restrictions.
“The reason for the restrictions is that we’re in a drought situation now,” said Carlos Galvan, Interim General Manager/Director of Operations for the Laguna Madre Water District. “Falcon Lake and Amistad Lake are below 50 percent. We’re trying to enforce a water conservation plan and send word out to our customers to cut down on water use for certain days. We’re trying to pass word on to customers to try to conserve water as best we can. We don’t have a time frame for when it will rain. We would hate for summer time to come and we’re out of water.”
Among those restrictions is a limit in which property owners can water their lawns. Landscape irrigation will only be permitted from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on designated days. The Laguna Heights and Laguna Vista areas will be permitted to irrigate on Mondays and Thursdays, South Padre Island will have Tuesdays and Fridays, and Port Isabel will have Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Additionally, the use of water to wash motor vehicles, trailers, boats, airplanes and other mobile equipment will be prohibited with the exception of the said landscape water days. The usage of water for non-essential purposes is prohibited.
“We don’t know if it’s going to get worse or not, but we’re always proactive on drought management,” Galvan said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen. We might have a storm in the summer that will fill our reservoirs, but as for now we don’t know. I know that the whole Valley is looking at the same situation that we’re in.”
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