The hot and dry summer days seem to be back with us and even the start of the new school year will not yet bring us fall weather here in Central Texas. Our big concern in Mason is to strongly encourage everyone to comply with our water restrictions and reduce their landscape watering. At this time of year we often have water demands of nearly a million gallons a day, and yet in the middle of winter it is considerably less than half that amount. This simple math means to me that over a half million gallons of treated water is being used every day this week to keep the grass in our town green! I am proud of how nice and neat our town is but we all need to carefully consider how important the green lawns are this week compared to the concerns of water availability for our future. Some towns in Texas have moved to permanent water restrictions for outdoor watering but in Mason we have recently set rules that residents may only water their landscape between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. and are limited to just watering one day a week. We have begun to monitor this water use and have asked a few residents to turn off unnecessary lawn sprinkling during the heat of the day. We hope that you will continue to help us meet the needs of our community and cooperate in limiting your own watering so that we will not have to impose any additional restrictions or move to more critical water conservation plans to deal with our continuing drought.
With the start of school in a few days, it is important that everyone be additional observant and careful when driving through town. Watch out and slow down near the schools, but also watch for children walking to or from school and look for the school buses loading and transporting our students. Another bit of traffic concern is the construction of the storm sirens in three locations around our neighborhoods. I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago, but due to illness on the installation crew the work was delayed and we now expect it to be done later this week. If you see workers on Ave F near the curve from El Paso, or on Hackberry just off of Hwy 29, or on Hwy 386 just north of the S-curve please drive carefully. These new storm sirens should be installed in just a couple of days, and if you live near them you will likely hear a few test “blasts” as they are tested and adjusted. We will schedule a regular test in the near future, but we will be sure and place a notice in the paper before we test the whole system fully.
We have scheduled our fall Free Dump at the landfill for the first weekend in October, so if you plan to take advantage of that opportunity please mark your calendar. We will have planned it for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday that week, and there will be more information as we get closer to the time. One further service we have just worked out for that event is a tire collection trailer to be in town as well. We will have it about a week ahead of time and there will be a small charge for disposal of tires, but if you have used tires that need to be properly disposed of make note of this opportunity. It would be much better to pay a small fee and get rid of them properly, as opposed to the person who dumped six tires in Comanche Creek last week that the City had to pick-up and take care of disposing of. Again, working together we can all help to improve our community and preserve the best hometown in Texas. Whether it is planning ahead to clean up when we have the free dump weekend or knowing that limiting outdoor watering will help preserve our water resources for the future, our citizens are all better off when we act like good neighbors and think about our individual actions and their impact on all of us and our community.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent