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40 local businesses visited during Water Wasters Season

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Amarillo, TX - Despite a high demand for water early in the summer, with the help of mother nature and our weekly water wasters report, city officials say we've been able to help save some water over the last few months.

For the past two months, city data shows we've used around 1.5 million gallons of water. While that may seem like a lot, it's less than half of the amount of water we used during that same time in 2011.

Over the past three months, the photos have piled up, showing dozens of businesses with water woes. When we break it down, the majority came from apartment complexes. But we also had a few restaurants, car dealerships and even a few city parks. In total, we visited over 40 local businesses.

This week, it's not much different. Two of the photos we received came from Walmart, one on Coulter and the other off Georgia. But this isn't the first time. We looked back in our archives and found out the Walmart on Georgia was featured in Water Wasters two previous times this summer. It was a point we were sure to make clear to the manager we spoke with.The current broken sprinkler head was something she said she was already aware of. In fact, in the last two months, she told us the system has been looked at more than 4 times. Broken sprinkler heads is something she said was common this year, and something they will continue to fix as the problems are pointed out.

After a phone call to the PSC building on S. Harrison we were pleased to see someone out fixing it, when we passed by later Wednesday afternoon. The original photo showed some misguided sprinkler heads spraying more of the sidewalk than the grass.

And just down the road, a broken sprinkler head was caught at the Whittenburg Law Firm. We were transferred to a voice mail, but the first woman we spoke with said the issue would be looked into.

Even though most all of the 40 places we visited this summer said they would fix their issues, overall water usage throughout the city still hasn't seen much of a change. From the first of this year, up until August 26th, a total of 11.1 billion gallons of water have been used. Compare that to the city's five year average where 11.5 billion gallons were used during the same dates.

Although it's hard to pin point why this year our water usage seems to be on the higher side, city officials say it has to do with hot months in the beginning of the summer where people were using more water than usual.

As always, thank's for sending us your photos this summer. We appreciate your help and also want to thank the businesses who were willing to make a change.

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10