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New Water Rates to Take Effect in Midland on May First

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - As the weather warms up, more people will be watering their yards. On Tuesday, the Midland City Council approved a new water rate for both homeowners and businesses.

According to Midland Mayor Pro Tem, Jeffery Sparks, the reason City Council agreed to create a fourth tier at 40,000 gallons is so Tall City residents can water their yard more effectively. Sparks explained how this change will impact your wallet.

"At 40,000 gallons, which will be considered excessive watering of your yard, it goes to $31 for every 1,000 gallons that's above 1,000 gallons," Sparks said.

Sparks says 40,000 gallons of water is plenty to water anyone's yard, therefore he doesn't expect the city to get any negative feedback from their residents.

"The average size yard will have an inch a week with 40,000 gallons, so I don't expect they'll be a lot of problems from that standpoint," Sparks said.

However, the change isn't only for residential homes, commercial businesses will also see some changes.

"They have five years to start making a change but they will have to install a separate water meter for their irrigation," Sparks said.

Sparks says although this year they might have more water than in years past, residents should always conserve on their water usage.

"Even though we will have an abundance of water for this year as we bring on T-Bar, it's good to still have some water responsibility and not over water your yards," Sparks said.

The new water rates will take effect on May first. City officials are asking residents to continue their dedication to practicing water conservation techniques.

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