“The city doesn’t want a brown Lubbock. That’s not our goal. We still want a green Lubbock but we want to do it smart,” said Sandra Offutt, Water Programs Education Director.
Offutt is with the city of Lubbock. She is educating people about Stage 2 drought restrictions going into effect on April 1st.
“Our water supply has been decreased. The max amount that we can get out to our customers is going to be lower than it was last year. So that’s why the city is going into Stage 2 restrictions,” Offutt said.
Limiting water usage means getting inventive with how we care for our lawns.
“There’s different plant material out there that you can use that’s not going to take a lot of water,” Offutt said.
Offutt said landscaping with native plants uses less water because they’re heat and drought tolerant.
“Use SmartScape landscape so you’re not wasting water on plants that don’t do good here anyway,” Offutt said.
Another way to go green is with a Bullseye Watering Mat. The design invented in Lubbock uses a drip system to re-hydrate any type of landscaping.
“If you water this unit for 10 hours it puts water out at a slow rate. It will not use anymore than about two dollars worth of the city of Lubbock’s water use,” said Harvey McLarty.
McLarty invented the watering ring less than a year ago in response to the public’s need to reduce water use.
“It puts out 44 gallons an hour. Very slow, managed water,” McLarty said.
“They water the tree very directly so there is no water lost. It’s absorbed properly. It doesn’t evaporate a lot. There have been hundreds of them going out of this building,” said Robin Hensen with the West Texas Home Builders Association.
Hensen said the Bullseye Watering Mat is one of about 100 exhibits at this year’s Home and Garden Show.
“It’s an opportunity for vendors, suppliers, builders and developers to come feature what they have to offer. New things and innovations that maybe the public doesn’t know about,” Hensen said.
Around 6,000 people attended the fresh affair over it’s three day run.