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Rain reduces water use, waters grass, trees


While recent rains haven't fully abated the drought, they have helped reduce water demand, Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty said.

Cooler temperatures have helped as well.

"It hasn't been outrageous," he said of water use in Hays. "We've had some help with this."

But, it's also the time of year when demand can hit anywhere from 2.6 million to 2.8 million gallons of water each day.

In the last full week of May, demand stood at approximately 2.1 million gallons.

With the rains, water use has fallen to nearly 1.5 million gallons, he said.

"If anything, it helps in the short-term," he said. "It keeps the grass alive, and the trees."