Coming July 2012, Laredoans will be doing their part in a city-wide effort to conserve water by implementing tighter water use restrictions. Our Lauren Kendrick spoke to some residents about their thoughts on the coming changes.
"These days people are always wasting stuff. Water is one of the biggest things. People are just leaving their sprinklers on all the time." Starting the first of July, people will not be able to water their yards whenever they want. The city of Laredo agreed to go from stage one which we are currently under and is only voluntarily to stage three. "We're going to be saving water a lot more and people will have certain times they can water and not let it 24/7 and all the water be wasted." In fact, addresses ending in even numbers can water Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while addresses ending in odd numbers can water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Watering on Sundays is strictly prohibited. Benavides hopes this will get Laredo on track with larger cities like San Antonio and Dallas. "All these other cities are really green and Laredo really has a lot of catching up to do, but we're doing it and taking big steps like this is what's going to get us there." But someone who's been observing the water conservation program is Onyx Benavides. He says he only allows himself to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. "As far as watering...only three times a week. If I'm going to water something that needs special watering, I do it at night where it won't evaporate so fast." Benavides says he's been following this since the city first went into water conservation a few years back. "We have to conserve. Laredo's growing and without water, we're not going to grow anymore." He says he knows some people won't follow the rules, but those people need to realize why the rules are put in place. "Be informed. Our community needs your help. Our future's in our hands. By conserving, we should see a better tomorrow."