COPPERAS COVE — Ed Bryant and his wife, Eveline, love a nice, green, flourishing lawn as much as the next person, but they’ve barely watered their lawn over the past 18 months.
“We occasional water plants and things like that, but not that often,” said Ed Bryant, 65. “We like to conserve as much as we can . It helps to save money.”
Since Jan. 4, 2013, Copperas Cove has been under Phase 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan. According to Cove’s updated Water Quality Report from 2013, Belton Lake is lower than it was last year, even with all the recent rainfall. Cove recently set a goal to voluntarily reduce daily water usage by 10 percent.
“We hadn’t heard about the water conservation, but we do it anyway,” Bryant said.
His wife said the couple uses clotheslines and makes sure their dishwasher and washing machine are full before each use.
Daniel Hawbecker, water superintendent for the last 35 years, said the recent drought brought forth the importance of water conservation.
“Due to drought conditions that we have experienced for the last few years, it has brought to the forefront the importance of conserving the water resources we have available to ensure there is adequate water supply for everyone,” he said in an email. “Conservation tips are in our 2013 Water Quality Reports and we have pamphlets on other conservation tips at the City’s utilities department and library.”