Midland To Consider Easing Water Restrictions 1/10/14
January 10th, 2014
Midland Mayor Elect Jerry Morales is considering allowing more outside watering.
Right now, staff is looking into extending hours for watering. He says more watering would benefit residents and parks which he wants to keep green.
Katherine Dixon just moved to Midland and takes her puppy to the dog park frequently. She enjoys the park but says the patches of dried up grass and soil are a burden on the dog.
"It's never fun to get a puppy whining with the little sand spurs in their paws," she said.
Dixon and other residents CBS 7 talked to say more watering would be welcomed.
"Definitely, being a South Carolina native it's something I'm used to," she said.
"I want quality of life. I want people to stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors," said Mayor Elect Jerry Morales.
Morales says new water resources, such as T Bar Ranch, combined with declining usage since the drought, has opened the door for more possibilities.
"It's just seeking a balance of seeing how much water we can use, but not lose the message that we're still in the desert and we're going to conserve water always," he said.
Morales says he’s discussed softening restriction with city staff and experts. Through a combination of better irrigation and more drought resistant plants yellowing grass could be a thing of the past.