City takes steps toward creating new lake for water supply - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

City takes steps toward creating new lake for water supply

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By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With Lake Meredith becoming unreliable as a water source for Lubbock and other West Texas cities, it looks like Lubbock could go forward soon with a new lake just east of Lubbock.

This coming Thursday the city's Water Advisory Board takes up a feasibility study of proposed Canyon Lake #7.  If the city goes forward, Lake #7 would go from the 5800 block of East Loop 289 down to the start of Buffalo Springs Lake.  The proposed Lake #7 would hold an estimated 6.7 billion gallons, according to the City's 2007 strategic water plan.

The city would dump partially-treated wastewater into the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River.  The wastewater and rain water would flow into Lakes 7 and then be piped into a treatment plant and recycled as tap water.

Officials say plans for a proposed Lake #8 have been dropped, but that information is not yet reflected in the city's Strategic Water Plan.  The Strategic Water Plan will be updated in 2012 according to Aubrey Spear, Lubbock's Director of Water Utilities.  Plans for a Lake #8 are still listed on the City's web site even though officials will not pursue them.

Lake #7 would cost $68 million and would cost customers $1.38 per thousand gallons.

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