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Summer temps heat up talk about conservation and water wasting

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As our temperatures go up, typically, so does area water usage, but sometimes some of that usage may be more wasteful than useful.

The desire for a green lawn is no secret. But neither are the drought conditions we've been fighting for years.

"We want to think about grandchildren and our great-grandchildren's water supply, how much water will they have left?" said City of Amarillo Director of Utilities Emmett Autrey.

"It's very important that we conserve every bit of water that we can," added Blake Reeder, President of Reeder Landscaping.

Most of us have heard the number of ways we can help conserve.

"Don't water in the heat of the day, you don't have to water as often, not mowing to close to the ground," said Autrey. "Water deeply, but don't water when it's blowing really hard."

But sometimes that's a challenge during the hot summer months. For example, on Tuesday Amarillo used about 61 million gallons of water and about half of that went to outdoor watering and landscaping.

All summer, NewsChannel 10 will be using pictures that you've taken of local businesses wasting water, in a story once a week to help make sure everyone is conserving and not wasting, even if the waste was accidental.

"The main thing is to make sure that the sprinklers that are installed are working properly," said Reeder. "You don't have anything that are leaking or anything like that."

So whether it's a broken sprinkler head, or simply over-watering to the point where it's running down the street, if you see a business wasting water, take a picture of it and sent it to us at waterwasters@newschannel10.com. Every week on Water Waster Wednesdays, we'll contact those business thought to be wasting water, help them find and fix the problem if they haven't already so our entire community can help fight water waste and conserve this precious resource.