Nuisance Water Damaging Streets, Costing Residents Money

by Anayeli Ruiz 
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND-Wasting water is not only drying up our lakes but also hurting your pocketbook. Turns out nuisance water is responsible for damaging streets. Here's the catch, it's costing you, the taxpayer, more money to fix it.

If you drive around the City of Midland, it doesn't take long for you to find water in the streets.

"We know it's not storm water," Midland City Transportation Superintendent, Gabe McClelland, said.

Nuisance water is hurting our roads.

"I would say that nuisance water is a contributing factor to most, if not all, of our pavement repairs," McClelland said.

Extreme temperatures cause the roads expand and contract causing them to crack, but run off water only makes the roads worse.

"The way it works is nuisance water will enter pavement cracks and what happens is the underline base in the sub-grade is damaged and that's where we get some our larger potholes, our deeper potholes," McClelland said.

Not only does it make potholes worse but it also causes vegetation to grow in the cracks.

"Nuisance water adds to that. What happens is some of the weeds become so large that they also damage the base underneath the pavement," McClelland said.

If people continue to water the streets, nuisance water will continue to damage the roadways.

"You can say that some of the nuisance water could lead to complete reconstruction and not just maintenance," McClelland said.

This ultimately hurts your pocketbook because taxpayers pay for the roads to be repaired. Over the next year, the City of Midland will spend $1.6 million for 1.3 miles of street pavement.

"The bottom line, the cost to repair and maintain our streets increase significantly because of that," McClelland said.

Residents NewsWest 9 talked to are not happy with people watering the streets.

"I think it is a selfish reason on the individual's part. Because they are so involved in their own lives that they don't go out and think about their sprinkler systems being on a timer and coming on in the early morning or if it is watering the concrete and going in the streets," Resident, Pris Taylor, said.

So what can you do to prevent the water from going off in to the streets?

"What residents and businesses can do and anyone that has sprinklers systems is to prevent over spray by adjusting the sprinkler systems. Adjust your sprayers and adjust the timers on your sprinkler system," McClelland said.

It's against the law in Midland, Odessa and Big Spring to have water running off your property, even if you have a water well.