Wednesday the city used 28 million gallons of water. Lubbock's main pump station has the capacity to allow the usage of up to 35 million gallons of water giving the city some leeway to lift those restrictions.
But if we cross that line, the city warns everyone will suffer the consequences. No sprinklers. No landscaping. It's not the worst that could happen.
With the water utility line relocation work on the Marsha Sharp Freeway, water pressure is limited. And if we don't conserve even more, restrictions could move from your lawn to your driveway.
"If someone's washing a car in a driveway, we would consider that non essential it's not related to a business. It's more of an aesthetic," says Tom Adams, City of Lubbock's Deputy City Manager.
And despite the fact, most car wash businesses use recycled water. "If it gets serious enough, then not only would hand watering have to be restricted but car washing may have to be restricted as well," says Adams.
If that happens, restrictions could move to your stove. Meaning all residents would be required to boil water.
"If we saw a big use of water and it dropped before we could make more restrictions then that could be to a situation where water would have to be boiled before it could be drank," says Adams.
That's because dropping below a certain level, could create contamination concerns. But for that to happen, the community would have to use more than 35 million gallons of water a day.
"We're dealing in an area where we've not been before so we're trying to be as flexible as we can without being overly restrictive," says Adams.
Again, Wednesday the city used 28 million gallons of water, just 7 million gallons short of the level which would lead to boiling water. Adams says the city wants to do everything it can so that doesn't happen.
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