Texoma water restrictions vital in drought conditions
(KTEN)—This summer in Texoma is one of the driest in recent years, prompting measures in several Grayson County cities to conserve limited water resources.
While restrictions are not uncommon in dry Texan summers, AgriLife extension agent Chad Cummings said this is the worst drought the region has seen since 2011.
"Lakes and streams that we rely on for our water sources, – even the groundwater wells – will start to dry up over time because there's no additional water that's going into those," Cummings said.
This leads to stricter water conservation efforts.
"Summertime typically is when water restrictions would be imposed, and certainly in a drought condition such as now," said Gunter City Manager Rick Chaffin.
Luckily, for those worried about not being able to water their lawns, native grass is built to survive dry seasons.
"If lawns have to go dormant, they will," Cummings said. "The nice thing about many of our grasses here in north central Texas is they're built around this, so they can survive. They may go brown and dormant for a little while."
The City of Gunter, which implemented water restrictions more than one month ago, has now repaired one of its two broken water wells.
"I really appreciate the citizens of Gunter for conserving the water," Chaffin said. "Had they not partnered with us, we could have actually run out of water. We did not; they responded."
Gunter officials hope to allow let utility customers return to a two-day per week watering schedule when the final well is repaired.
Van Alstyne joined the list of Grayson County cities limiting water use with stage 2 water restrictions, effective August 8.