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The City of Midland's current outdoor watering schedule allows residents and businesses to water twice per week. Residents are asked to avoid watering in the heat of the day when watering is least effective due to wind and evaporation.
Midland is currently contracted to use surface water sources owned by the Colorado River Municipal Water District. These sources have depleted due to the drought and evaporation. The addition of groundwater from T-Bar and Clearwater Ranches since 2012 has secured many decades of more water for Midlanders, but residents are still advised to care for these precious resources by conserving water when possible.
Residents and contractors performing yard work are also advised that it is illegal to sweep or yard waste into streets. Midland has an above-ground drainage system, meaning its roads are used to convey water to drainage areas during rain events. Grass clippings, leaves, or other debris placed in the curb or roadway can create build up along the drainage system, resulting in localized flooding. Urban storm water runoff can also be contaminated with pesticides, fertilizer, animal droppings, trash, food wastes, automotive by-products and other toxic substances that can pollute water sources.
Media Contact: Public Information Officer Sara Bustilloz