While the City of San Marcos is under Stage 4 drought restrictions, the students, staff and faculty of Texas State should be mindful of their actions and take measures to help conserve water.
According to an Aug. 25 University Star article, the city entered Stage 4 drought restrictions on Aug. 17 of this year. This is the first time in San Marcos history that a Stage 4 drought has been declared, and while city officials are taking measures to save water, Texas State must do its part too.
Texas State officials have already taken many steps towards promoting awareness about the drought on campus. Faculty, staff and current students of Texas State received an email Aug. 20 from Gordon Green, director of Facilities Management, about water constraints that are to be implemented on campus as a consequence of the drought. As an Edwards Aquifer user and authorized permit holder, Texas State must reduce the amount of water pumped from the aquifer by 40 percent of its annual authorized amount.
The email contained some new rules to help curb water usage on campus, including the prohibition of car washing except at a commercial car wash, using indoor and outdoor decorative water features and washing impervious surfaces, including windows, unless required for health or safety. The email also detailed that dining halls and restaurants are only allowed to serve water upon request by the customer.
These conditions put in place are a helpful start, but students also need to take it upon themselves to be mindful of their water usage. Many Bobcats consider Texas State to be their home but forget about the city that exists outside of the university. San Marcos is a large part of what makes Texas State so special, so everyone that lives here has a responsibility to look out for its future.
The article explained that many residence halls are holding educational seminars and programs to help inform students about water conservation. Students may participate in workshops that teach them how to effectively manage their time in the shower and thus cut down on water usage. Residents of Tower will also be given shower timers and challenged to keep their showers less than 5 minutes long. These programs are useful tools for spreading information because many students may not have ever thought about their water usage prior to this.
Students who live on campus are not the only ones that can participate in the 5-minute shower challenge. The editorial board encourages all Bobcats to participate and spend a week trying to get their shower time down to 5 minutes or less.
Although the drought is a negative event, the silver lining is that it can teach all of the residents of San Marcos to be mindful of their water usage and become more environmentally aware consumers.