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Big Spring Water Restrictions

The Governor is renewing his emergency disaster proclamation for the ongoing drought and one of the many West Texas counties included in the disaster area is Howard County.
Big Spring, TX (Big 2 News) - "I don't have as green a lawn as I would lik," said Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson.

A luxury absent in the city of Big Spring.

"With this extended drought we're extremely careful about our water use," said Ferguson.

Chief Craig Ferguson of the Big Spring Fire Department limits his water use both at home and at the department.

"Water affects us all here in West Texas and the Fire Department is no different," said Ferguson.

Ferguson and crews even changed the way they fight fires because of this drought.

"We change our tactics a little bit, we've learned new methods of firefighting and hose handling and using the water stream more effectively," said Ferguson.

I headed to the Colorado River Municipal Water District to find out if the recent rain on Wednesday helped us out.

"We really didn't see a lot of rain in the water sheds of our lakes where we'd like to see it," said CRMWD General Manager John Grant.

John Grant, the General Manger at The CRMWD told me they only got about an inch of rain, which is no where near helpful.

"We need some pretty heavy rains something that may rain like four to five inches in a six hour period," said Grant.

In the meantime, residents need to conserve as much water as possible.

"People out here just need to use common sense," said Grant.

Especially when using water in places like...

"Landscape, irrigation, swimming pools, car washing," said Grant.

Something they're already doing with the limited amount of water they have available now.

But Ferguson says everyone has to adapt to their environment.

"We have cactuses instead of roses," said Ferguson.
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