Midland Parks Following Water Restrictions

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - We're all being told to cut back on our outdoor water use, but now it's mandatory and the Tall City says their taking its own steps.

Many of you asked NewsWest 9 on Facebook if Midland parks are required to follow the tougher water restrictions.

The city of Midland is trying to crack down on water wasters and that means giving out fines to make people comply.

But many of you have questioned why watering city parks hasn't been cut off in this severe drought. As it turns out, the city is doing everything by the book and they're hoping you will too.

It's a sign of the times. Brown patches of grass popping up where green grass is still trying to grow.

Midland Parks and Recreation Manager Scott Swigert said there's more of that to come.

"July first is the start date but we've already started changing our irrigation schedule so that we're on the two day schedule as of right now," he said. "You're going to start seeing some parks that are already starting to turn a little bit brown."

Many viewers have asked NewsWest 9 on Facebook why city parks are still allowed to water in this extreme heat.

As it turns out, they're following the same rules as the rest of us, just on a slightly different schedule.

"Our weekends are busy with people in our parks so we cant really water on those days," Swigert said. "It may be a different two days because we don't have odd and even numbers but we are in compliance, we're doing the two days."

But they're still trying to set an example.

"We're are using two days a week. We are trying to follow compliance with all of our facilities whether they're on well water or city water at this point," Swigert said.

Although Midland Parks are trying to conserve, in some areas, water is a necessity.

"We are trying to within our allowed times, trying to put more water on the athletic fields," Swigert said. "That is a safety factor. We're trying to make sure the fields are safe for adults and kids who are playing on them."

Right now, we're still in stage two of the drought contingency plan, meaning city pools don't have to shut off the water just yet.

"The pools aren't draining and being refilled. The water there is being re-circulated, we're using the same water," Swigert said. "It's hot out there, we need some relief and those pools are open for the public to be able to utilize, but we will go in compliance if the restrictions change and we've got to shut them down, we will."

Swigert hopes the drought doesn't reach that point but they'll be ready to take action if it does.

"We understand that it's important to have water to sustain life and that is more important than our recreational activities and the parks staying green," he said.