Odessa Residents Speak Out About Tighter Restrictions

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The City of Odessa is cutting back watering hours to cut back on water usage. The new water restrictions start Monday. NewsWest 9 hit the streets to see if they think the new hours will help us get out of the red.

"We're trying to make this work," Odessa resident, Nina Valles, said. "We don't like the way the grass looks. We don't like the situation. The whole community has to abide by it in order for it to be effective."

For Valles, the time is now or never. She said all West Texans need to realize our water situation is serious.

"As long as there's no tight restrictions, it's going to continue down the same path," she said.

That's why she's all for the change in watering hours for Odessa residents.

Starting Monday, you'll only be allowed to water on your designated day from 6 p.m. in the evening until midnight.

But Brandon Kennedy isn't so sure these new rules will help at all.

"I don't think anybody really takes it seriously," he said. "People want to use water, it's part of our everyday life. It's not going to change anything."

Odessa resident Clint Brown agrees. He said people care more about the green in their yard than they do about the drought.

"I think that they feel like they put enough work in to make they're property values go up that they're not going to stop watering their yards," Brown said.

But Valles said after a 20% cutback in water, it's time for mandatory fines.

"It's really difficult to run around the city and see water running off the curbs and people watering at all times when the rest of us are trying to make this work," she said.

"People that have actually gotten citations would cut down but I don't think warnings are going to work at all," Brown said.

But others feel that won't change anything either.

"I don't think they should do either one personally because they're going to wind up killing more trees printing out paper, writing out fines for people because they're not going to stop," Odessa Resident, Brandon Kennedy, said.

Officials said if residents continue to go over the daily limit, our faucets could run dry just like our lakes.

They hope it never gets to that point and that's something all residents can agree on.

"I'll move if I can't have water," Brown said. "I cant live without water."

"We've waited a long time," Valles said. "How difficult does the situation have to get? How critical does it have to be before we really embrace what we need to be doing?"

Even addresses can water on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Odd addresses can water on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Odessa Mayor Larry Melton tells NewsWest 9, he hopes these tighter restrictions will keep the city from having to cut back any more in the future.