Talk about a split personality. The City of Laredo is certainly experiencing something of the sort in regards to it's view on water conservation- or the lack thereof. On the one hand the city is signalling that they are not really concerned about our dwindling water supply despite the current record drought.
In the last few months, the city has decided to end its stage 3 water restriction policy. This has given the false impression that we should not be the least concerned about the Gateway City's water supply. On top of that, the city has apparently decided to start the sale of water to the infamous fracking industry. It is a well-known fact that fracking even one well uses anywhere from 5 to 7 million gallons of precious water.
Contrast these two irresponsible policies with an item which appears in this week's city council agenda. There is no doubt that the city is experiencing the classic signs of split personality.
From Monday's (02/06/2012) city council agenda
Agenda Item 20..
The rebate program will provide a standard $100 rebate as a credit to the customer’s water account for replacing toilets from homes built on or prior to 1993 that used 3-7 gallons of water per flush with high efficiency toilets that use 1.28 gallons of water or less per flush; rebates will be limited to a maximum of two (2) per household per year and will be credited to the regular monthly payment of the account responsible for paying the water services delivered to the meter at the property where the high efficiency toiled was installed.
Rebates will only be made available to residential water customers who have an active water account through the City of Laredo Utilities Department and are current in their water bill; a complete application, copy of identification card, landlord consent form & rental agreement or contract (if needed), and original receipt will be required for processing of application.
Water conservation inspectors will conduct a visual inspection at each applicant’s property and the Solid Waste Department will collect all old toilets and dispose of them at the City of Laredo landfill2012-R-008 - Authorizing the City Manager to support and approve a Watersense High Efficiency Toilet (HET) Rebate Program for qualified water customers of the City of Laredo.