On Thursday Evening, May 16, 2019, a small but enthusiastic group of residents trickled into the DeSoto City Council Chambers to attend a free water conservation class taught by Patrick Dickinson, a Horticulturist and Project Coordinator with Texas A&M AgriLife's Water University program. A&M’s “Water U” partners with the City of DeSoto’s Public Utilities Department to present free classes in water conservation for residents who register in advance. The topic of Thursday night’s class was “Water Efficient Sprinklers” which can be viewed in its entirety on the City of DeSoto’s website at https://desototx.swagit.com/play/05162019-1291
Patrick Dickinson, who is a familiar face to many DFW area residents due to his frequent on-camera discussions of water and green issues, illustrated the case for water conservation by pointing out, “It is estimated nationally that 30-70% of our potable water that was treated for our consumption ends up outdoors during the summer months.” Yet even with the documented need for conserving water, Dickinson said that he still hesitates to use the word “conservation” around people because many view it as a restriction. Said Dickinson, “We’re not telling you not to use your water. We just want you to be more efficient with your water.”
Dickinson distributed two helpful brochures to assist residents with being more efficient with water use for outdoor needs and for taking a more holistic approach to lawn and garden care. Both are available on demand via the following links.
Water Efficient Landscaping for North Texas: https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/media/1088/water-efficient-landscape-final-8-pager-6-17.pdf
Native and Adapted Plants for North Texas: https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/media/1082/native-adapted-plants-final-6-14.pdf
DeSoto’s new Interim Deputy City Manager Isom Cameron, who is also in charge of DeSoto’s Public Utilities Department, noted that the City gets a lot of calls during the summer months about high water bills and that his staff has to remind callers that people here use a lot more water in summer because they water their lawns. “It is important to monitor your irrigation system and to be sure about how much water you use,” said Cameron who added, “If our residents are adequately and accurately applying water to their lawns, it helps us to get an accurate reading of what residents actually use and helps the City to determine our water needs for the future.”
DeSoto’s next water conservation related class, “Grow Your Own Vegetables,” will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, in the City of DeSoto’s Council Chambers, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road. The class is free for DeSoto residents, but advance registration is required. If you are interested in attending this class, visit the Texas A&M Water University website: https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/events/2019/june-6-2019-grow-your-own-vegetables-desoto/
Or access the registration link from the City of DeSoto’s Utility Billing Page: https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/events/2019/june-6-2019-grow-your-own-vegetables-desoto/