Lubbock's water crisis, how did we get here? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock's water crisis, how did we get here?

We were drawing water from Lake Meredith as late as 2011. We were drawing water from Lake Meredith as late as 2011.
But now the lake has completely dried up. But now the lake has completely dried up.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

For many years, Lake Meredith was Lubbock's primary source of water. But the drought from this past year, and the lack of previous precipitation has dried up the lake completely.

In 2011, Lubbock's main water supply came from three sources. Lake Meredith was one. The city also relied on water well fields in Roberts County and Bailey County. In 2012, now that Lake Meredith is dry, the city has to rely on just the well fields.

Mayor Tom Martin says that's why water restrictions have been put in place, beginning April 1st.

"We're having to limit water usage during the Summer, because the usage has gone way up," Martin said.

Water usage has gone up and water levels have gone down, which is why the city is hopeful their plan to begin using Lake Alan Henry as a source of water will happen by the end of August.

"Once Lake Alan Henry is online, our situation is much improved for the next 4, 6, 7 or 8 years," Martin said.

Martin admits he's concerned about the possibility of having no water. However, he says with Lake Alan Henry's water supply in the works, Lubbock is on track to having its water needs taken care of for the next several years.

"The good news is, we have water. The other side of it is, we have to get it here and that will be a continuing thing over many, many years," Martin said.

Martin says the city is constantly working on developing future water supply sources, so Lubbock will never be in a position to go without water. However, he does encourage residents to always maintain their conservation efforts.

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