Texas town outlaws large lawns

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:31pm

A Texas town votes to limit the size of yards on new homes.

That's because in Georgetown, Texas an incredible amount of water is used to water lawns.

It's mind-boggling to think that on most hot, summer days that 75-percent of all the water used in town goes directly to keep lawns green.

"I try to plant native things that don't require as much water," Georgetown resident Tim Hammond said.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Water Development Board ordered the city of Georgetown to turn in a water conservation plan by May 1st.

The Georgetown council didn't waste anytime by coming up with some changes that will impact future homes.

"The irrigatable turf area, you know that area where you're going to have an irrigation system, can only be two-and-a-half-times the size of a foundation of a home or 10,000 square feet, whichever is smaller," said Keith Hutchison, a Georgetown City spokesman.

New homes will also have to have soil six-inches deep and use native plants.

"Georgetown is growing and we're projected to go to 150 to 200,000 folks and once we get to that level, if we continue using water at the rate we're using it now, there's just not going to be enough," said Hutchison.

The city of Georgetown currently gets most of its water from Lake Georgetown, which as of now, is about half full.

The new construction rules take affect on June 1st.


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