West Texas Water Cuts Official

by Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A big announcement on Wednesday, West Texas is getting water cuts.

The Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD), with its lakes and reservoirs still going down, made the decision on Wednesday to cut 10% of their water deliveries this summer.

Which is bad news for customer cities like Midland and other parts of West Texas who get most of their H2O from the district.

"Our primary water source for indoor, outdoor, all usage for the residents of Midland is the CRMWD," Midland Public Information Officer, Tasa Watts, said.

NewsWest 9 wanted to find out what this means for West Texans.

Midland officials said once they get their recommendations from the district, they'll come up with a plan to save water while not cutting down people's quality of life.

So the limits won't come inside, but will stay outside.

"It's to try to cut down using that 60% outdoor," Watts said. "Watering your yards, watering your plants outside."

If outdoor watering limits do come, local retailers say there are plenty of products that you can buy to get the most out of each drop, so you can water less.

"You can cut your watering down by half," Troy Scott, Manager of Alldredge Gardens in Midland, said.

Scott has been managing Alldredge Gardens for two years and knows several products ranging from $10-$20 that can help make your water last longer.

A couple of those products are HydroStretch, which acts as water molecules absorbing more moisture when you water your plants and SoilMoist which helps the roots of your plants to expand and store more water.

Scott also says Alldredge can help reset your sprinkler system if Midland goes to time-of-day and day-of-week watering's.

"The key is just not to water during the hottest part of the day when you can get a lot of water evaporation. The best time to water is early morning, of course, or late evening," Scott said.

These water cuts will mean cutting back in some way for West Texans, but there are ways to keep your plants from drying up.