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Slow, steady rain a welcomed sight, but a lot more is needed

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Rain continued to come down Saturday over much of North Texas. A welcomed sight for most everyone.

"I don't have to run the sprinkler, saves on the water bill and everybody is happy. Yeah, we needed this," says Caleb Coleson, who's out enjoying the rain.

Experts say the slow, steady rain is ideal since the ground has time to absorb it. Rainy days also help reduce outdoor water use with people shutting off sprinklers, which keep water in already desperately low lakes.

"People whose watering days were Sunday, under our restrictions right now, didn't need to turn their sprinklers on and so hopefully they turned them off. And if we get enough rainfall, maybe we they don't need to water later in the week, says Mary Gugliuzza with the Fort Worth Water Department.

She says before there's runoff, ground moisture has to be replenished so rainfall in a particular area doesn't restore drinking water right away. She says it also depends on how much and where the rain is falling in relation to the watersheds.

"This is a great start. We are not going to discount the rainfall we are getting. But it's nowhere near enough to get us out of this drought," says Gugliuzza.

 

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