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40 gallon challenge to help drought efforts

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Amarillo, Texas - Even as colder weather enters the area, the drought continues to plague the panhandle. Now, area residents are being challenged to conserve water.

The 40 gallon challenge has been brought to Texas. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Potter County is challenging area residents to save 40 gallons of water every day.

"Really for the past three years we've seen below normal rainfall," Jose Garcia, National Weather Service Meteorologist in Charge says.

Officials with the National Weather Service say although a good amount of snow is expected in our area, it still won't be enough to bring us out of the drought.

"For something like that we would probably need to be seeing our rainfall be closer to normal or above normal and probably again for several years in a row to really see those level rise," Garcia says. 

The Potter County AgriLife Extension Service is asking residents to do their part now to help conserve during the drought.

"The drought is an ongoing thing. We're just going to have to learn how to live with it and how to manage our landscapes and our household utilities to stay in line with that, to not go over board," Brandon Boughen Texas A&M AgriLife Extension County Extension Agent, Potter County says.

Although several city's implement water restrictions in summer months, that isn't enough year round to help save our water supply.

"The efforts that we are making right now simply aren't enough. The 40 gallon challenge is a way for people to pledge that they are going to change their ways, and it might give them even a little check list," Boughen says.

Saving 40 gallons a day is equivalent to filling a 10 liter bucket up 16 times. Simple things such as shortening your shower time by 2 minutes will save 5 gallons.

To join the 40 Gallon Challenge visit 40gallonchallenge.org.

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