Thursday, crews from a City contractor worked to replace power poles and electric lines in the Bailey County Well Field that were damaged by fire on Tuesday.
It is believed that lightning strikes were responsible for starting the fire. Crews hope to have all damaged poles and lines replaced by the end of next week. Work is hindered somewhat because the wells and damaged poles are not located on roadways and crews have to drive through sand to reach them.
The Bailey County Well Field can supply about 40 million gallons toward Lubbock's daily water supply. Currently, because of the fire, Lubbock is receiving around 29 million gallons daily from the field or about 75% of the maximum supply. There are 156 wells in Bailey County with damage from the fire affecting 20 wells. The City does not use all of the wells at once, allowing some to rest and recover the used water supply.
The City has enough water from its various sources to supply its daily water demand. However, if there is another significant event, such as a major water line break or spike in water demand, the City may have to enter Stage 2 of its drought contingency plan. Stage 2 could also take effect if certain trigger points are reached, such as remaining at 90% of peak supply for 10 consecutive days.
Stage 2 restrictions include limiting landscape watering to one day per week and prohibiting the use of water to wash down hard surfaces including sidewalks and patios.
The City of Lubbock is currently in Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plans due to the low water levels at Lake Meredith. The City urges everyone to join in conserving water.
Information provided by City of Lubbock