Feb 24, 2014 7:38 PM by Matt Fernandez
PATAGONIA - The Town of Patagonia is encouraging residents and larger water consumers like schools to cut back on water.
Town officials say the Town of Patagonia uses about 2.5 to 3 million gallons of water each month in the winter. In the summer up to 4 million gallons.
Over the last several years town manager David Teel says their well water levels have dropped significantly. While he says they have enough water to supply the town they are asking people to conserve. "We are in the middle of a drought, and so the water level is dropping down. We felt it was necessary to start some conservation we have asked the major users of water in Town to try to reduce their water by about half."
One of those major water users is the Patagonia School District. Superintendent Denise Blake says they are always looking for ways to conserve water. They recently formed a partnership with a group called Borderland Restoration to find ways to cut back. They have also applied for several grants that help in conservation. "We are overall looking at landscaping itself, how we can use water conservative plants, what can we do in terms of watering the ball fields, how can we harvest water off rooftops."
Resident Carly Westmoreland says she does what she can conserve water. "We buy our own drinking water, and when it comes to laundry we make sure we have lots of it, and do as little as possible. We also have cups of water when we brush our teeth."