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Conserve water now or get restrictions later

Conserve water now or get restrictions later

POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 4:03pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 5:18pm

El Paso (KTSM) - In case you have not noticed, Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas is classified as a severe drought region for 2013.

If you lived here, you would have also noticed the annual water release from the dams to the north has not occurred. That water release from Elephant Butte generally happens in the early spring months. There will be a delay this year until June 1, 2013. The Elephant Butte Reservoir is only 7-percent full and in some locations there is an old watermark that was 100- hundred feet higher than the current level.

According to a U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation Engineer, "This is will be the driest and lowest release since 1916."

The El Paso Water Utility Company said that water release contributes to 50-percent of the Borderland's needs for this time of the year and the delay will need to be addressed with extra water conservation techniques by residents.

The successful "odd/even" watering schedule, coupled with early morning or late afternoon and never on Monday has contributed greatly, but E.P.W.U. is asking residents to do more to avoid a mandatory restriction.

~ Water only if your lawn needs it and no more than twice a week.

~ When it's windy, wait to water.

~ Adjust sprinklers to only water the grass and not the house or cemented areas.

~ Use efficient low flow shower heads.

~ Fix leaky toilets, known as the silent leek.

~ Turn off the water while brushing teeth or shaving.

~ It's also a good time to consider changing the evaporative cooling unit for a refrigerated air conditions.

The water is expected to be released June 1, but treatment processes will delay the distribution into the first week of June.

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