Our region is known as a Coastal Desert. Water is not in abundance and yet this ecosystem is comprised of remarkable diversity in plants and animals. The underground water is heavily salted because of our proximity to the coast; it is high in calcium content too.
Humans require a lot of water to live convenient and comfortable lifestyles. The City of Kingsville provides water to Texas A & M University Kingsville. A certain percentage of our tap water is well water and a certain percentage comes from Lake Corpus Christi. Some people don’t like the taste of our water, but then again some people do!
Early in the mornings, TAMUK uses irrigation to keep the grass green in certain parts of campus. There is an ongoing effort to minimize the amount of water needed to water the grass.
TAMUK maintenance is vigilant about repairing leaky faucets. Did you know that one hour of a slow drip causes hundreds of gallons of water to be wasted down the drain?
The winners of the 2012 Student Sustainability Competition in the Buffalograss category are harvesting rain water in a tank on the roof of the Javelina House. It is a demonstration project of how plants can be irrigated using a natural resource, whenever it’s available!
The winners of the 2012 Student Sustainability Competition in the Mesquite category planted a demonstration garden of plants that are native to South Texas, in the Mall next to the Pavillion. The spectacular flowering plants are adapted to little rainfall in our region.
To Learn More:
Laboratory Earth, Stephen H. Schneider.
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America, Thomas Friedman
Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last?, Sandra Postel.
This page was last updated on: August 22, 2013