Bee County remains under a burn ban; underground water tables are dropping; and even a few live oak trees are dying from years of drought.
It’s not just here. In our other papers this week, the City of Goliad has issued a voluntary water conservation alert to residents, and lawn watering in Kenedy is limited to once per week under stage 2 mandatory water conservation measures.
On the home front, Beeville remains under mandatory stage 3 water rationing as the area lake levels fall.
That means the use of water is severely restricted, City Hall officials remind citizens. This is the first time restrictions that serious have been in effect here in years.
Residential customers can only water their lawns and gardens on the days that the Republic Services garbage trucks are in town to empty the trash toters.
Also, yard watering is not allowed at all between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., when the summer heat increases the evaporation rate.
No person may allow water to run off one’s property into the street or storm drains, and no customer may allow water to flow constantly through a hydrant or valve.
For commercial customers, yard and garden watering is allowed only on Tuesdays for properties east of Washington Street and on Thursdays for properties west of Washington Street.
Car washing is limited to the days that yard watering is allowed unless the person washing the vehicle takes it to a commercial car wash. Also, car washing at home must be done with a hand-held hose with a shutoff nozzle.
Hand-held irrigation is allowed at any time and on any day of the week, and drip irrigation systems may be used if the system is equipped with a shutoff nozzle.
So, unless you hire someone to water your flower beds and lawn with a hose using a wand or spray nozzle, you had better abide by the rules... or risk being visited by police officers.
Violators could face fines. Regardless, conservation is an important lesson we all must learn – even if property owners temporarily appear to be practicing “zero-scaping.”