Part of Howard College's effort to reduce its reliance of city water supplies has become reality.
After several long months of testing and drilling, the college's Big Spring campus now has water wells that are operational and tied into the existing underground irrigation loop that previously carried raw water from CRMWD.
“With the local water situation being what it is, we are very excited to finally get our wells operational,” said Terry Hansen, executive vice president of the college. “This will definitely be a long term benefit for the community and the college, even when the drought conditions improve.”
In order to make the irrigation system fully operational, it must first be tested. That testing will begin today and possibly continue for several days.
“I have contacted the Big Spring City Manager to inform him that we would be testing our irrigation systems and that the water being used is from our wells and not CRMWD or city water,” Hansen said.
After drilling six wells across the Birdwell Lane campus, college officials chose to complete only four, stating that the completed wells will meet or exceed the college’s irrigations needs for lawns, trees, shrubs and athletic fields.
Irrigation patterns have not been determined for campus-wide lawns at this time. The main priority is to keep trees and shrubs alive and maintain the baseball and softball fields at National Junior College Athletic Association standards for safe play.
“We are grateful for the excellent producing wells that we now have but we are still very in-tuned to the current drought situation,” said Hansen. “There are no plans to return to the lush green lawns of the past until our weather patterns change, our lakes have recovered their reserves and watering restrictions have been lifted.”