City of Hobbs Taking Historic Step to Restrict Water Usage

City of Hobbs Taking Historic Step to Restrict Water Usage

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

HOBBS, N.M. - When you live in the desert, you have to think about water often. The City of Hobbs is trying to teach residents that unless you act now, water may be gone in 50 years.

"It is time to look to the future because eventually we will have to look for another source and that will be very expensive," said Tim Woomer, Hobbs Utilities Director.

Starting May 15, both residential and commercial properties in Hobbs are restricted from the number of days they can water their lawns. Even number addresses can water from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. or from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on even calendar days. Odd addresses can water at the same times on odd calendar days.

In the meantime, the city is looking to educate people about the Ogallala Aquifer, the main source of water for the City of Hobbs.

"The Aquifer will become depleted or less useful in certain areas within 50 years," said Woomer.

Eventually, the city will be handing out fines to people who don't follow the new ordinance.

"If there are issues that you think you can't manage then we can get together and talk about it to help you comply with the regulations," said Woomer.

The city says water rates will continue to go up but this new restriction program will help homeowners to save money. A program that Woomer knows first hand.

"I've been running on this system for three years preparing for the city to go on the system. My lawn doesn't have any issues, as far as watering. I've saved money by doing this," said Woomer.

Parks and schools around town are exempt from the water conservation program. The city's purple pipe program will take treated, recycled waste water to irrigate those lawns saving more water in the Ogallala Aquifer.