Water Wasters: Xcel Energy thankful for water runoff notification

Water Wasters: Xcel Energy thankful for water runoff notification
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - With our consistent dry conditions, we all know the importance of conserving water.

That's why when we reached out to Xcel Energy about pictures we received regarding water oozing onto the sidewalk in front of their building, they had one message for the person who sent them in: thank you.

"If someone sees something like that please let us know," said Xcel Energy spokesman, Wes Reeves. "Because we're not always out here in the front and might miss that."

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Reeves said they planted the grass last June, and some patches may not have yet taken root.

"We still have some gaps and so some of the water filled into some those gaps and apparently spilled out onto the sidewalk," said Reeves.

Because they have a drip irrigation system, the lawn is being watered from the ground up.

"You don't actually see the water on the surface or not supposed to," said Reeves. "It waters into the root zone."

According to Reeves, the system is more water efficient than a traditional sprinkler system when properly used.

He said their watery sidewalks are an easy fix.
"The way the system works it can actually communicate back to us," said Reeves. "It has a baseline brand control system that can send information back to our landscape contractors. They can make adjustments."

Xcel wants to keep the lawn green for a reason: It's a key part of Roper Copelin Memorial Park.

"Roper was a young man who was working in the building when the building was being built and there was a tragic electrical fire and Roper did not survive that fire," said Reeves. "It is a very special place for that reason but also because it is a very public place and we hope this as the trees grow and it gets shady out here people will enjoy the space."

He hopes the community will enjoy the park and notify them of any future water issues.

If you notice a local business with an errant sprinkler head or running water down the street, snap a photo and send it to us at waterwasters@newschannel10.com.

We will then contact them and work to come up with a positive solution to the issue.

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