Operation Summer Showers Partnership a Success

Media Contact: Julia Stanford, jstanford@northplainsgcd.org or 806-935-6401

The area received significant moisture through May and June; however, that does not mean conservation should be any less of a focus in the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District. More recently, scorching temperatures and decreasing rainfall have been stark reminders that water scarcity is a fact of life in the region. To encourage the wise use of water resources, the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District developed Operation Summer Showers and partnered with local municipalities to provide water saving tips and free conservation toolkits to the public. The Operation Summer Showers program just finished its ninth year of distributing free conservation kits throughout the North Plains.

Kits included items like a reusable water bottle, efficient showerhead, rain/sprinkler gauge, drip gauge, and leak detector tablets to help citizens steward water in all areas of their lives. These kits were distributed throughout July at the following locations: Booker City Hall, Dalhart City Hall, Dumas City Hall, Perryton City Hall, Spearman City Hall, Stratford City Hall, Stinnett City Hall, and the district office in Dumas.

In total, about 218 kits were distributed throughout the district. An additional 62 were handed out at the XIT Rodeo watermelon, pork chop, and BBQ feeds. As a result, millions of gallons of water will remain in the Ogallala aquifer. North Plains Groundwater Conservation District would like to thank all staff at the participating city halls for their help in distributing and advertising Operation Summer Showers!