Code Enforcement Cracking Down on Water Wasters

by Anayeli Ruiz 
NewsWest 9

The new restrictions that are in effect in Midland, Big Spring and Odessa are to deal with water cutbacks. With low lake levels, the Colorado River Municipal Water District is slashing deliveries by a total 20 percent, which means cities are having to crack down. NewsWest 9 went on a ride along with Code Enforcement officials in Midland to see who is watering when they are not supposed to.

"We're going to go out and scan Midland, do a sweep of the areas and take a look and see who is abiding by the new plan that we have out for the water restrictions," Louis Gonzalez, with Midland Code Enforcement, said.

Starting on Friday, Gonzalez and his group will start patrolling for water wasters.

"Now it's 10:25 Friday morning and there should be no one watering at this time," Gonzalez said.

But in less than 15 minutes of driving around, we could see nuisance water in a lot of streets and officials found a violator.

"I'm going go to the door and issue them a warning, letting them know that they are watering beyond the time allowed. It's 10:43 a.m. and they should have stopped at 10 a.m.," Gonzalez said.

For first time violators, Code Enforcement will issue a warning on your door. The second time they will write you up and Midland Police will issue a citation.

If you try to wash your car during non-watering times, you're not exempt. Code Enforcement found one guy washing his truck.

"Your allowed to wash your car the same times you're allowed to water your yards, which is from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. on those days only. Only during times you are allotted to use your water," Gonzalez said.

If you have a water well, don't worry, as long as you're not running water on the street, you should be good to water when you want.

"We're trying to accumulate a list of people that do have the water wells. If you have a water well, you're exempt," Gonzalez said.

One thing you can do anytime is water by hand but as soon as you leave the water hose unattended then it's a problem. On Friday, Code Enforcement only found a few water wasters but they hope that with time people will take these new rules seriously and stick to their watering schedule.

"We're hoping that we get good compliance with the new restrictions, we're hoping that the majority of the residents will assist us in the programs also," Gonzalez said.

If your still not sure when you should be watering, you can visit the city web site or call them.