Drought ruins plans for Coupland football field

Drought ruins plans for Coupland football field

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Green lawns are almost impossible to get in this drought, especially for Coupland ISD's football team.

The area's water restriction only allows two days a week to water, which the superintendent says isn't enough. They've asked the water company for an exception. But the water company says rules are rules.

In almost any little town in Texas there's a football field and Coupland doesn't want to be any different. But this year they say the watering restrictions are holding them back from being like everyone else.

Coupland is a small Texas town east of Austin and about 8 miles south of Taylor. Its home to the Coupland Cowboys.

The school district only has one elementary and one middle school, a total of 104 students. When it comes to sports they can't always compete with other schools because of their size.

But this school year, the superintendent says the school board decided to invest in the football field.

"Well our football field was really sloppy and full of holes and it was kind of a dangerous situation," said Coupland ISD Superintendent Gary Chandler.

The one thing standing in their way is the drought.

A Manville water spokesperson says Coupland has been under a stage two water restriction since June of last year. That means watering is only allowed two days a week.

"I'm just in a situation where we need an opportunity to water more often in the first month or so and then taper off to be like everyone else," said Chandler.

The company spokesperson says the school district was warned about the restriction earlier when they applied for a new meter this year. They were even told that their only options are either to water the field by hand or use a spray rig.

"We understand they have regulations," said Chandler.

The football coach and the superintendent are hoping the water company will make an exception.

"We're in a time when we can use it. Hopefully we can come to some kind of agreement and they'll be able to help us out," said the football team, Jeff Kirby.

If not, they fear students might go elsewhere to play football.

"We don't want our kids to leave to go to Elgin or Taylor or Thrall to play we want them to stay here," said Chandler.

In the meantime, these Cowboys aren't letting the water woes keep them down they're hoping for an undefeated season.

The football team will play their home games in Taylor where they've played for the last three years.

Manville water tells FOX 7 they will not make an exception for the football field. School officials are hoping Manville water will re-consider or that more rain will come to the area.

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