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Mason, TX 76856
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The City of Mason has established
MANDATORY water restrictions for the remainder
of the hot dry weather we are experiencing. It is in everyone’s best
interest if you can limit outdoor watering, and follow the procedures of all
even numbered houses watering either on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday and all
odd numbered houses watering either on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday. In
addition we ask each water customer to water no more than twice a week, and
only before the hour of 9:00am in the morning and after the hour of 6:00 pm in
the evening, or limiting to hand watering at other times.
BURN BAN IN EFFECT FOR MASON COUNTY
CITY CORNER by Mayor Brent Hinckley
In last week’s column I talked
about the concerns we have in the City office about the heavy water use in the
past few weeks that stem from landscape watering. This past weekend one
of our greatest fears arose when one of our primary water sources, well number 1
located on the hill by the elevated water tank, went down and quit
pumping. We have been able to get it back to work, but our system is
“getting tired” and struggling to keep up with the daily demands our residents
are creating. During the time that we had well #1 down the ground storage
tanks were nearly sucked dry and if that had happened the entire City would
have experienced very reduced water pressure and there would not have been
enough water to fight a fire in town! It is not something that any residents
would see as this type of problem develops, but if it actually happens we will
all suffer and have some certain issues that will cause considerable
challenges. Therefore, we have decided that it is necessary for the City
of Mason to establish MANDATORY water restrictions for the remainder of the hot
dry weather we are experiencing.
What I only talked about last
week is now a necessity and reality, and everyone needs to be aware and
practice wise water conservation as you keep your landscape cared for.
The mandatory water restrictions limit the days you can water your grass and
trees but they do allow all even numbered houses to water either on Monday,
Wednesday, or Friday and all odd numbered houses to water either on Tuesday,
Thursday, or Saturday. In addition we will limit each water customer to
watering preferably only once a week, and no more than twice a week, and only
between the hours of 6:00 pm and 9:00 am, or hand watering at other
times. In other words, to avoid the significant evaporation during the
day, if you are watering your yard stop as the sun gets higher and hotter after
9:00 in the morning and do not start again until the cooler evening hours after
the sun begins its decent. Our residents have responded in past summers and
practiced good water conservation, and I hope that we can expect the same sort
of positive response this month as we try hard to keep up with the water needs
of our town. We have pointed out to some of the other public entities
that they too need to cooperate and fit their watering schedules to the
restricted hours, but if you see someone watering at an inappropriate time
please feel free to let them know that water restrictions only work if everyone
follows the rules.
The weather continues to be
hot and dry, and although there are some chances of rain in the forecast it is
not so much the weather as our individual choices to try to keep a green
landscape that require such a volume of water. Pumping a million gallons
of water a day is a severe strain on our water system and we need to take steps
to reduce the local water demands. It is now the end of July and we still
have August in front of us, but the normal look for this time of year is dry
and brown, and we need to accept that the lush green lawns are an expensive
luxury that threatens to hurt us all.
Since our water department is having trouble right now
keeping up with the demands for outdoor watering we have started mandatory
water restrictions, and we hope that our residents will help us to bring our
water demands back under control. You have responded very well in the
past to calls for water conservation and I know that if everyone works together
we will easily correct the problems that have recently caused our water
department to lose sleep. Mason is a great hometown, and even if it looks
a little dry and brown for the next couple of months, it will still be the best
hometown in Texas.
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