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Jun 24, 2013 6:46 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv.com

Corpus Christi and Portland Start Tougher Water Restrictions

CORPUS CHRISTI - Trash day in the northwest part of Corpus Christi, marked the area's only sprinkler watering day for the week under the new rules.

Many woke up early, turning on their sprinkler system giving their yards a good long soak before the 10 a.m. cutoff time.

After driving around Calallen's Woodriver neighborhood we found just one home still running their sprinklers after 10.

"We are not going to be perfect, but we've seen a drop over all in water consumption," says Water Director, Gus Gonzalez.

Then around lunch time we found another violation, sprinklers running on this median at Yorktown and Staples. According to the city's water department, a homeowner's association maintains those areas.

"They manage those medians. They have their own account where they manage that water. We've worked with them in the past and brought it to their attention and certainly just need to be on top of that," says Gonzalez.

But for those following the new guidelines and trying to keep their yard alive, watering by hand is the way to go. It takes a little more effort, but for Lauren Miller it keeps her lawn and flowers from wilting.

"I am sure my husband is concerned because he's the gardener in the family, but I think we can make it. It will be better for the city to do that," says Miller.

In this time of drought the city looks to save any water they can. The city says their water conservation plan is working, they just need people to remember the new watering guidelines.

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