A mid-morning barrage of water raised the eyebrows of a Keller man who recently visited Dallas Love Field.
Michael Pullin took pictures of the sprinklers he saw running outside a parking garage at the Dallas airport Monday morning. Standing water was left in the garage, something city officials say is a violation of the water ordinance.
"We were pulling the luggage into the terminal and had to pull it through a river of water," Pullin said. "It was 10 o'clock, and the sprinklers were running."
It's against city code to water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31.
"We have automatic sprinklers and manual ones, and unfortunately, one of our guys turned the manual on and forgot about it and lost track of time," said Dan Weber, the airport's director of aviation.
Judging by the pictures, it appears Love Field was wasting water as well as watering during restricted hours. According to the city's ordinance, it's a violation when water puddles on streets and sidewalks.
"I thought it was being a little wasteful and they are not practicing what the commercials are preaching about turning off the water," Pullin said.
"Our intention is to comply with all of the requirements of the city and federal government, and it's a regrettable thing, and we've taken corrective action," said Weber. "It won't happen again."
Fines for violators range from $250 to $2,500, but inspectors have to spot the violation. Luckily for Love Field, camera pictures don't qualify.
The city of Dallas has received more than 100 complaints about water-wasting since April.