Various individuals gather to talk about water conservation

The second water conservation symposium took place at the Amarillo Civic Center.

The second water conservation symposium brought together a variety of individuals to learn and discusses different elements in water conservation.

Attendees had the opportunity to speak with different vendors and listen to presentations from different experts.

People from the agriculture, power generation industry as well as individuals from different cities in the area were all in attendance, according to Emmett Autrey, director of utilities for the City of Amarillo.

He also said attendance numbers were higher than the first one they held in two years ago.

After the presentations, people broke off into smaller sessions.

C.E. Williams, the general manager for the Panhandle Groundwater District said the sessions are intended for people to focus on water issues that are more pertinent to them. The general public was able to learn more about topics such as rain water harvesting, and those in the agriculture industry were able to get information on things they can do to conserve water.

Proposition six, the creation of two funds for the state water plan to pay for water infrastructure projects, was also a topic of discussion.

Krissy Scotten, a National Weather Service meteorologist also gave a presentation about the history of droughts in the panhandle and the outlook for this year.

"2011, 2012 were bad drought years. We're in kind of a recovery modeâ?¦ we've been in what's called neutral conditions," Scotten said.

"There's no clear sign as to whether we're going to have above normal, normal or below normal precipitation."

The take away point for all those in attendance was the need to conserve water.

"We are in a location that does see droughts, historical droughts. we got the dust bowl in the 30s, drought of 1950s, and then the drought we've been in for the last decade or so," Scotten said.

"There's no clear signal that we're going to get out this anytime soon, so preparation is key."