Lubbock's major supplier of drinking water at record lows - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Lubbock's major supplier of drinking water at record lows

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Despite above normal rainfall for the year across most of the Texas Panhandle, Lake Meredith, a major supplier of drinking water to the High Plains, continues to fall and it at a current depth of 42.92 feet.

This level is a record low lake level and a new record is being set every day. According to the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority, at 42 feet portable pumps must be brought in to help with pumping.

There are no watering restrictions in the Texas Panhandle at this time, but water conservation is being encouraged, especially in Amarillo where the "Every Drop Counts, A Guide to Water Conservation" campaign is going on.

However, to minimize water lost to evaporation during warmer and windier times of the day, water restrictions in Lubbock are in effect.

The City continues to allow watering between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.  Water use between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. is restricted in order to minimize evaporation. 

The restrictions are part of the City's irrigation ordinance, which applies from April 1st to September 30th each year. Exceptions are allowed for newly planted grass or landscaping, soaker hoses, and watering by hand.

The City continues to allow watering two days per week with up to one and a half inches of water for each area of the yard.  Citizens can help stop the waste of water by eliminating significant runoff while watering lawns and gardens. 

To report violations, please call the Water Hotline at (806) 775-3952.

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