With Stage 1 Water Restrictions in place and the likelihood of progressing to Stage 2 Water Restrictions in June, it is time for Lubbock and our community to take drastic changes in how we think about, use and consume water. Without additional water resources, Lubbock will not be capable of supplying the anticipated water demand by 2025 even with aggressive conservation practices. “We’re facing dire circumstances, but Texans are tough,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples commented on April 1. In all, 48 Texas cities are facing severe water shortages. The drought that settled in West Texas three years ago is contributing to Lubbock’s lack of surface water. Namely, Lake Alan Henry, which has shrunk almost 40% since the drought set in. Usually Lubbock averages only 10 days a year over 100 degrees; but, in 2011 Lubbock had 48 days of temperatures over 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Roughly 13.5 billion gallons of Lubbock’s water comes from Lake Allen Henry. That is nearly 20% of our total annual water consumption. It is a critical component in Lubbock’s water supply and while it has tremendous watershed, without rain, it doesn’t matter how big the watershed is. Extreme drought conditions exist in about a quarter of the state, including Lubbock County. Worse, the U.S. Drought Monitor predicts long-term drought conditions in West Texas will persist, if not worsen through June.
Liggett Law Group embraces our Lubbock community and wants to do what it can to give back and look out for our residents, neighbors and friends. Residents can do simple things such as turning off the water while brushing their teeth, taking shorter showers and not watering in the wind or heat. If Lubbock residents saved just 10 gallons of water a day, it would equal 859 million gallons in a year. With that in mind, our Lubbock Lawyers are taking the advice of The Texas Water Smart Coalition.
If all Lubbock residents make these little changes, it can add up to make a big difference:
- Use a broom instead of a water hose to clean driveways and sidewalks to save 22 gallons of water a day
- Water in the morning rather than at night to save 20 gallons of water
- Adjust lawn sprinklers to hit your yards and not the sidewalk to save 20 gallons of water
For more ideas, visit to www.texaswatersmart.com