Drought plagued Midland, Texas, is really struggling to quench the thirsty plant life. As others have been telling us for years, large grassy lawns don't have a place in the desert except in the most fluid of times.
With citizens across the town aware of the new move toward conservation, many are adjusting their water usage. This self conscious homeowner wants to deflect any criticism for watering his/her lawn. Or maybe it's just bragging.
But it's a sign of the times.
Meanwhile, the Midland Reporter-Telegram editorialized early this month against the proposal to fine citizens for watering lawns on the wrong day. And in short order, that punishment threat was dropped. That's getting it done.
And the homeowners who have conserved water for years are finally seeing a small social benefit -- a respite from parched lawn complainers.