Underground water supplies dropping more than a foot in West Texas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/25/09

Underground water supplies dropping more than a foot in West Texas

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock's underground water supply fell faster than usual as measured officially for 2009. The Muleshoe Journal quotes officials as saying the Ogallala Aquifer fell 1.18 feet in one year. That's the average drop across the entire High Plains Underground Water Conservation District. By contrast the level feel an average 0.2 as measured in 2008.  

The ten year average is somewhere in between those numbers, at 0.82, as quoted by the Muleshoe Journal. Lubbock gets about 20 percent of its water from wells in the Muleshoe Area and a little more than 30 percent from water wells in Roberts County. Both are part of the Ogallala Aquifer.

(Corrected: The Aquifer fell 1.18, not 1.8)

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