Lubbock May Need to Seek Another Major Water Source - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/1/03

Lubbock May Need to Seek Another Major Water Source

Right now, Lake Meredith is at its lowest capacity ever, and the City of Lubbock Water Advisory Commission met today to discuss a plan of action in case Lake Meredith water levels do not recover.

Lubbock receives water from 2 other sources, one in Bailey county and another in Roberts county, but these are only used during peak times of the year during summer months. Water resource developers met with the commission today and said it's time to start thinking about new plans for water sources.

"Lubbock needs to make sure it can balance its resources from other area to make up for it and luckily it's got water in roberts and bailey and if needs to make sure it can balance those resources in such a way it could make up for the depleting supply in Meredith," says Lynn Sherman, President of Water Texas, a company that develops and advises cities on how to get water resources.

Sherman adds that Lubbock should have an ample supply of water for the next 50 years, however, if Lake Meredith continues to dry up Lubbock could start seeing these effects in as little as 10 years.

And with our main water source at its lowest level, what's the best way for us to conserve water? There are many ways, but a new city ordinance is being proposed to help make people aware of water they waste when watering their lawns, which is not only expensive, but wasteful as well. Many times run off water can occur when someone waters too much or in a steep part of their yard and flows downward onto a street or curb. The Water Advisory Commission here in Lubbock may propose a new ordinance to the city council in the next few weeks about making it unlawful for run off water to come from your yard. You could receive up to a $1,000 fine if the proposed ordinance is approved by the Lubbock City Council.

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