Lubbockites are being asked to conserve water, but this time, it's not because of a lack of rain or the current water supply, it's about construction. The request to conserve water begins Friday and continues through the month of June, and the Marsha Sharp Freeway construction is the reason why.
City Water Engineer Wood Franklin said, "Currently right now it's not a water supply issue. In the city of Lubbock, our water supply is doing fine."
The word from the city is to conserve mostly your outdoor irrigation. Remember, there is a Lubbock ordinance requiring residents to water their lawns and gardens before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. If residents stick to that, there should be no need for mandatory water restrictions.
Franklin said, "We've got a contractor on sight who's been working for the past month and we'll have the project completed in two phases."
The first phase is the one causing the need for conservation and it should be done by the end of June. That's expected to be complete by July, but more rainy weather could prolong the conservation effort.
"The rainy weather is kind of a double-edged sword. It's a welcome aspect in one sense because the South Plains needs water right now. It does pose a problem for construction. It delays our construction projects," Franklin said.
If we stick to the Lubbock water ordinance, there should be no need for mandatory water restrictions.
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