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Operation: Summer Showers underway
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Jul 3, 2013, 16:28

During summer months lawn watering can account for as much as 40 percent of a city’s total water use. High temperatures and little to no rainfall throughout the district cause residents to have to water more often to keep their lawn from looking barren. “The summer months are usually a time when water demand peaks and the city water supplies are stretched,” said Kirk Welch, Assistant General Manager – Outreach. “This year looks to be no exception.”
The North Plains Groundwater Conservation District is helping the residents within the district use water as wisely as possible during this critical time. Operation: Summer Showers is designed to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation through public service announcements on the radio and in the newspaper, combined with the distribution of free water-saving tools.
Operation: Summer Showers is intended to address water conservation issues related to the lack of showers outdoors and the high percentage of water used for showering and other household uses. “Lawn watering is the number one domestic use in the summer, while showering, laundry, and other uses indoors account for most of the domestic water use year-round,” said Welch. While supplies last, the district will distribute low-flow showerheads and rain or sprinkler gauges are being distributed along with tips on efficient lawn watering and in-home water use.
Residents can pick up the free water-saving tools at the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District Office at 603 E 1st Street in Dumas, as well as at the City Hall in Booker, Spearman, Stinnett, Stratford, Dumas, Dalhart, and Perryton. For more information on Operation: Summer Showers call the district office at 806-935-6401, email kwelch@northplainsgcd.org or log onto www.northplainsgcd.org.