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Hays Free Press July 20, 2011 NBN$ Page 3A + ST~=F RB=0ffl who are economically disad- vantaged. Hays CISD officials learned "School-based health cen- last week that the district has ters are one of the most effec- been awarded a half-million five resources in promoting dollar federal grant to build a the health of children, and that much larger and permanent leads to a healthier community. school-based health center. These centers are so valuable, The new facility will replace and this grant will help us make a decade-old portable building a great asset even better," Hays that currently houses the Hays CISD Superintendent Dr. Jer- CISD WELL (Wellness Encour- emy Lyon said. aged through Lifelong Learn- U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who ing) Clinic, which is often the supported the grant application only accessible and affordable at the federal level, praised Hays source of healthcare for Hays CISD's efforts to win the grant. CISD's estimated7,500 students '~,t the time the clinic was It has served as the medical home for hun- dreds offamilies and has served thousands of children in the county. As the Hays County population continues to grow, so do the needs of the WELL Clinic." -U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett founded, Hays County wasprimary and secondary health: designated as a 'medically careformanyintheKyle/Buda underserved' county and the area. It has served as the medi- clinic was the only source for calhomeforhundredsoffami- lies and has served thousands date appro~dmately 7,000 pa- of children in the county. As tients annually, nearly double the Hays County population the current 3,600 patients who continues to grow, so do the access clinic services each needs of the WELL Clinic," year. Plans call for the new Dogger said. 3,395-square-foot building The WELL Clinic currendy to include nine exam rooms, provides immunizations, physi- a hearing testing room, sick cal examinations, sports physi- waiting and well waiting areas, cals, diagnosis and treatment of a vitals area, a nurses station, minor illnesses and injuries, case offices for providers, and work management of chronic illness- and storage space. es, prescriptionmedicafions, and Hays CISD was one of only health education on nutrition, seven recipients in Texas of $95 disease and injuryprevendon, million in grants from the U.S. The proposed new WELL Health Resources and Services Clinic facility will accommo- Administration. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Seton-Hays is the second largest commercial water user in the Buda/ Kyle area, using 10,725,900 gallons of water in the past year. Waterlogged: Who uses more water?. .Continued from pg. 1A the 30,000-square-foot facil- ity each night as other plants do. "We're as diligent as can be," he said. "We don't do any outdoor landscaping." On the residential side, Kyle had much of the top water users, many of them acreage owners. Van Watson at 280 Ayers Road topped the list with 841,600 gallons on his 3.57-acre tract, located south of Kyle. Nearby, Roy Petersen at 525 Roland Lane used 801,100 gallons for his 11-acre tract. David and Gall Jones' property at 111 Tamara Trail drank 779,100 gallons on its .86-acre site. Gail Jones said that they recently found a leaky pipe, which may have caused their water tally to skyrocket. "We are quite shocked," she said. "We discovered a water leak outside the home, and got it fixed about two weeks ago. Apparently it happened during our last freeze." Old town Kyle had three fiouses on the list, including the home of Carolyn Hitt, a Hays CISD assistant super- intendent. Her home at 302 S. Nance St. used 446,300 gallons on less than half an acre. Hitt also attributed the ex- cessive usage to water leaks. "We have had a leak in our pool, and we recently dis- covered the water softener to our house is also broken," Hitt said. "We still have to get both of those things fixed." Buda's top residential user was the home of Chris and Joanna Thomasson at 181 Chalk Draw Court, which pumped out 375,000 gallons. Beverly Araki at 291 Carolyns Way followed behind with 328,000 gallons. The city also had two homes from Sequoy- ah and Garlic Creek subdivi- sions on the list. Though water restric- tions didn't go into effect until April for both cities, the figures easily gulped av- erage rates. Buda's average residential customer rate is 7,000 gallons a month, or 84,000 a year. Kyle's average sits at about 6,300 a month, or 76,000 a year. Ocean, blanketing the state with a dryer and warmer cli- mate than normal. San Marcos, the closest rain gauge for yearly totals, collected almost 22 inches of rainfall from July 2010 to June 2011, far below the nor- mal average of around 37 inches. The last nine months accounted for about half of the past year's total, the time- frame when La Nifia sprung into action. Mark Lenz, a forecaster at the National Weather Service station in New Braunfels, said that La Nifia has weakened into a near-normal climate called an ENSO (El Nifio/La Nifia-Southern Oscillation)- neutral pattern. The remnants of La Nifia could provoke a more in- tense hurricane season this year since the pattern re- duced wind shear, which can cut off developing storms in the Atlantic, Lenz says. "That's where any major precipitation would come from," he said. Until a powerful storm surges into the area, city of- ficials ask residents to con- serve water. Both cities have announced water restric- DROUGHT CONDITIONS A La Nifia weather pattern is to blame for the current drought. Last fall, the pat- tern emerged over the Pacific Top 10 residential water consumers from July 2010 to June 2011 KYLE: Name Address Total consumption Land Van Watson 280 Ayers Rd. 841,600 gallons 3.57 acres Roy Petersen 525 Roland Ln. 801,100 11 acres David and Gail Jones* 111 Tamara Trail 779,100 .86 acres Carolyn Hitt 302 S. Nance St. 446,300 .39 acres Peggy Jansen 1000 Lehman Rd. 394,100 20 acres Continental Homes of Texas* 111 Devonshire Dr. 370,900 Homestead Katherine Anne Porter House 508 Center St. 359,600 Homestead Mark and Aurora Moore* 225 Bottle Brush Dr. 347,500 Homestead Presciliano Maldonado 1201 Goforth Rd. 345,700 Homestead Jose and Evangelina Caldaron 604 Schlemmer St. 342,200 Homestead BUDA: Name Address Total consumption Land Chris and Joanna Thomasson* 181 Chalk Draw Court 375,000 gallons Homestead Beverly Araki 291 Carolyns Way 328,000 Homestead Leonard Dove 145 Madbel Ave. 317,000 Homestead Cad Brooks 108 Adkam 309,000 Homestead Joe Harlow 209 Calline Mayes Run 300,000 Homestead Martin Ortiz 304 Loma Verde 299,000 Homestead Virginia and Bob Jackson* 1118 Talley Loop 297,000 Homestead Cad and Donna Dahlstrom 109 S. Cedar 296,000 .46 acres John Lawrence 200 N. Austin 296,000 Homestead Denise Daugherty 109 Arikara 282,000 Homestead Top 10 commercial waler consumers - July 2010 to June 2011 KYLE: Name Address Total consumption Kyle Correctional Center* 23001 Interstate 35 28,075,400 gallons Seton Medical Center-Hays* 6001 Seton Parkway #1 10,725,900 Aztec Village/Oakhill Comm. 291 Roland Ln. 9,266,200 Bluebonnet Estates Dacy Ln. 6,362,300 Saddlecreak Apts.* 21393 Interstate 35 5,718,400 Seton Medical Center-Hays* 6001 Seton Parkway #2 4,610,100 Lehman High School 1700 Lehman Rd. 4,293,700 Hometown Kyle HOA* 130 Hawthorn Dr. 4,287,100 Plum Creek HOA* 6160 Negley 4,209,500 H.E.B. grocery store 5401 S. FM 1626 3,315,700 BUDAu Name Address Total consumption Nighthawk Frozen Foods. 100 Night Hawk Circle 3,042,000 gallons Santa Cruz Catholic Church 1100 Main St. 2,940,000 Wal-mart Supercenter 690 Old San Antonio Rd. 2,418,000 Cabela's 15570 Interstate 35 2,264,000 Hampton Inn and Suites 1201 Cabela's Drive 1,938,000 Sac-n-Pac 125 N. FM 1626 1,921,000 Cracker Barrel 550 Old San Antonio Rd. 1,900,000 Texas Xpress Lube* 197 221 Ddve 1,831,000 Amedcas Best Value Inn* 15101 Interstate 35 1,751,000 H.E.B. grocery store 15300 Interstate 35 1,458,000 (* Denotes water consumers who have signed conflde~iality forms. Names of those who signed confidentiality forms were found through Hays Central Appraisal District records.) tions to counter drought conditions. Kyle currently allows hand- held watering outside its twice-per-week watering schedule while automatic fill- ing valves on pools is prohib- ited, among other rules. Buda issued a maximum monthly water consumption of 12,000 gallons per connection or 4,000 gallons per capita. Handheld watering is permit- ted anytime on designated watering days, and refilling pools is also prohibited. Watering schedules and restrictions can be found on Kyle's website at www.cityof- kyle.com, and for Buda go to www.ci.buda.tx.us / alarm- stage-drought. 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