Water Flowing in West Texas City, Not Fazed by Drought
July 21, 2018 at 10:51 AM CDT - Updated July 21 at 10:51 AM
By Alicia Neaves
PRESIDIO - Many towns in West Texas are all too familiar with water restrictions, especially during the summertime. But there is one city here where water literally flows to them. The city we're talking about is Presidio. There's a theory that says if you dig anywhere in Presidio, you will probably find water.
In many cities, the aquifer is down due to the lack of rain. That doesn't happen in Presidio because their aquifer is not affected by the weather. The reason is because the water is in an enclosed capsule underground, preventing evaporation from the West Texas heat. While others stress water conservation, Presidio residents need no reminding because it's a lifestyle.
"It's not very much water that we use. They talk about conservation but most residents will use about 10,000 gallons per month," Arturo Acosta, Director of Water Works for the City of Presidio, said.
That estimate, Acosta says, is actually high for Presidio. Midland residents, for example, use roughly 15,000 gallons a month per household. Of course, factors like the size of the family and irrigation come into play.
"Most people that do have trees have their own water well, just to water their trees, just for that," Acosta said.
It's the perfect example of sustainable living: Being aware of the lack of rain and landscaping accordingly.
"There's no grass growing. There's no irrigation, lawns that would take that amount of water. It is pretty secure," Acosta said.
Their water well system is well equipped with proper communication to make sure that, no matter what season they're in or what time of day it is, the water will continue to flow.
"When we turn on the wells, to check our pumping levels, the water doesn't even move, it doesn't even budge. This means there is sufficient water there, that even our wells producing that much water, does nothing to our aquifer," Acosta said.
Providing water is almost effortless, even when it comes to treating it.
"The only treatment that we do is add chlorine. That's it. There's no cleaning. Our water is very clean. It's very good water," Acosta said.