Today, a city ordinance changes the amount of times San Angeloans can water their landscape.
It's April first and for some, that means April Fools Day jokes. However, the San Angelo drought is no laughing matter. Public Information Officer, Anthony Wilson says, "obviously we are in the throws of a very serious drought here in San Angelo."
The city continues to stand at a Drought Level 2 and surviving on a 14 month water supply. However, the Concho Valley has received only 0.11 inch of rain water since the start of 2014.
"Twin Butes is dry, O.C. Fisher is dry," says Wilson, "and Nasworthy is less than 60 percent of its capacity."
April 1st also means new watering restrictions based on a city ordinance. San Angeloans can water their lawns once every seven days. However, this is not encouraged.
Wilson says watering is only needed once every 2 weeks.
There are ways you can reserve water while taking care of your maintained landscape: use a drip irrigation system, don't have a whole backyard full of turf, and only plant flowers and shrubs that can handle a west Texas climate.
Allison Watkins says she does not want people to give up on landscape, "we still want beautiful landscapes but we need to change some of the traditional ways we've been doing things."
Until it rains again, come up with different techniques to save and conserve water.
Watkins says she has heard of people, "putting a water can in the kitchen sink when they're heating up water or putting a bucket in the shower while that heats up."
Allison Watkins will host an Earth Kind landscape school starting tomorrow night. For more information please call (325) 659-6528.