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Aug 2, 2013 6:59 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

City Says Restrictions Have Reduced Water Use

CORPUS CHRISTI - The city has released some new numbers that it says indicate that water conservations efforts have been been working.

In December of 2012 the city imposed stage 2 drought restrictions. Then on June 24th the city made some adjustments to the stage 2 measures. One those changes, that went into effect last month, limits residents to watering their lawns only on the same day as their garbage pick up.

When comparing water usage during the month of July to both this year and last, there has been a pretty big difference. In July of 2012 76.8 million gallons of water were used per day, and in July of this year water only 70.7 million gallons of water have been used daily.

"Yeah, that is a lot of water. And so obviously it's only one month but we're certainly tracking those numbers and we've seen some very good results," said Water Department Director Gus Gonzalez.

Water Department Director Gus Gonzalez believes this reduction has been because of the city's new stage 2 water restrictions.

"It in effect says our conservation and our drought plan is actually working," said Gonzalez.

So to put in perspective how much water the city was able to save last month Gonzalez says six million gallons, the amount of water the city has saved, is equivalent to the same amount of water 20,000 households of four would use in a day. Gonzalez says this reduction of water use is all thanks to residents.

"We've seen some great results and you know we want to thank the public for simply promoting and certainly conserving this valuable resource to our economy," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez says while an 8% reduction in water use is a very good thing, we have to keep it up, because we aren't out of the drought quite yet.

"Be patient with us, we will eventually get out of this drought," said Gonzalez.

While this drought plan has already proved to work, Gonzalez says the city is still monitoring the effect of this plan and will make changes if they find any negative impacts.

The city has issued 557 warnings since the stage 2 restrictions were implemented in December. Three citations given to people for not following the restrictions.

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