West Texas is in a drought, now experts stress the importance of water conservation

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – If you go onto the Texas Water Development Board website you’ll find weekly updates on the water conditions in our State.

The most recent map shows that less of the State is affected by the drought but we here in West Texas still need to do our part and conserve water.

Derek Sibley, a Meteorologist said, “West Texas is in an extreme drought which is a status D4. It is not looking right now, we don’t have any rain in the forecast we are actually almost an inch below normal.”

Tommy Ervin with the Ector County Utility District says we are depleting water at a fast rate and West Texans should start to monitor their yard watering, be conscious about using their hot water, and allowing faucets to run for too long.

“A lot of us have already forgotten that in 2011 and 2012 when we were on restrictions. If you look at Lake Ivy, that’s our main water supply throughout most of West Texas, several years ago was at 84% and now it’s down in the 60’s again,” said the Ector County Utility District President.

According to Ervin, fixing leaks is not expensive but can save a lot of water and another good idea is to check around the house for water leaks.

“These water meter leaks right here sometimes they are a half a gallon a minute sometimes they are 3 or 4 gallons a minute. That doesn’t sound like a lot of water but if it’s a gallon a minute there are 1,440 minutes per day so that’s 1,440 gallons that is just wasted,” he said.

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