This past weekend was a great time to enjoy the community of Mason and one of the best Round-up activities and events in recent memory. The parade was great as always, the arts and crafts booths were wonderful, the entertainment and games added some fun and the food was as tempting as ever. The Rodeo and dance was a great success and congratulations to the new Queen Steely Smith and her Court. Everything for Round-up seemed to go without a hitch and a special thanks go out to the City crews and all the volunteers that worked behind the scenes, the Chamber of Commerce, the Rodeo Association, and all the others who worked hard to make sure we all had a good time. And to top it all off, we even had cooler temperatures and a nice rain on Sunday evening and Monday!
Even with the rain falling around the area, the hot dry weather is always just a few days away and the effects seem to always be with us. The County Court decided to place Mason under a Burn Ban last week, and even with the pleasant rains we are concerned about the water supply and the dry conditions of summer in Texas. During the past couple of years, by this time of summer the City had already started mandatory water restrictions. Although we have not experienced as much heat or dryness, we need to remind our residents that we have never lifted the voluntary water conservation measures and will begin to monitor them more carefully in the coming weeks. Since we are not dependent on surface water reservoirs, we are not in the desperate situation some of the communities east of here in the Highland Lakes area are facing, but we want to address the issue now, before it becomes serious. Our City wells are holding up remarkably well, but we need to be careful and practice good water conservation so that we are protected from significant future problems.
During the summer months of July and August, the City has in the past averaged pumping and delivering to the homes and businesses around town about 30 Million gallons of water each month (that is over a Million gallons a day for just our town!!) and every little bit that we can save and not waste may prove a benefit for the future. During the drought months of the past few years our citizens have voluntarily reduced that total, and we are facing a continuation of the dry months of the past. Therefore, we are requesting everyone to limit your yard and landscape watering to just twice a week, and to only water between the hours of 7:00 pm and 9:00 am to avoid the significant evaporation during the middle of the day. Rather than confuse everyone with even/odd house numbers and watering days, we expect that our residents will continue to limit landscape watering to the cooler hours of the day and night and restrict themselves to just twice a week for yard watering. Several visitors have commented to me recently how nice Mason looks, and our grass and yards are green and healthy and look good for this time of year, but if we are not careful of our water use we will have problems in the coming weeks and disaster looming in the future.
Certainly right now with the rains there are not big concerns, and the City has maintained our water usage at a stage 2, which is voluntary water conservation by our citizens for the time being. The rain has been a true blessing during the past several months, but we want to caution our residents that the dry weather will certainly return and the threats of wildfire and water shortages may reappear during the coming months. A Texas drought is seldom a short term situation, and we all need to continue to not take our blessings for granted and conserve our precious water and other resources so that we will be prepared for the times when we again face shortages and problems. If you are enjoying your yard, just be aware of our water issues and avoid non-essential water use or wastage and do your landscape watering just twice a week between 7:00 in the evening and 9:00 in the morning. Mason is a wonderful town to call home and a great place to live and work, and together we will keep it that way for years to come.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley