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Lubbock looks to the end of water restrictions as Lake Alan Henry Pipeline comes online

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Lake Alan Henry Pipeline started pumping water a few months ago, and now, after completing several other phases of work, the project is almost 100 percent complete.

Wednesday, the city will hold a ribbon cutting for the grand opening ceremony of the South Water Treatment Plant located at 5114 East 1585, just five miles east of the Tahoka Highway.

With water pumping through this plant from Lake Alan Henry, residents could be saying goodbye to their water restrictions here in the next few weeks.

Right now water is pumping manually through the pipeline. With a few minor adjustments the water will be able to flow automatically in the next two or three weeks completing this decade old project.

This project cost $215 million dollars, including construction of the dam back in 1991 and the construction of the pipeline that started two years ago.

Currently Lubbock is getting all of its water from Bailey and Roberts County well fields. After Wednesday's ribbon cutting, Lake Alan Henry will supply 20 percent of Lubbock's water.  Mayor Glen Robertson says water restrictions could be lifted soon after. They're just waiting for that last phase to be finished.

"At that point staff will make a recommendation to Mrs. Dumbauld, the city manager, and it's Mrs. Dumbauld's recommendation at that point whether we lift the restrictions. She has the authority to lift it on her own but I don't think you'll see her act until she gets a recommendation from staff," Robertson said.

Until the city manager makes that determination, Lubbock will continue to be under stage two water restrictions. Lubbock started stage two restrictions earlier this year in April. City officials say it's the first time in half a decade the city has resorted to stage two restrictions.

This limits landscape irrigation to once a week, with schedules based on the last digit of your address.

This also limits the time you can water - from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Regardless if water restrictions are changed, the completion of the Lake Alan Henry Project is a milestone for Lubbock and its future for water. "The fact that we've got a reservoir online, that we got water pumping through the pipeline and that it was done in about a 20-year time frame is just unheard of," Robertson said. "This is giant for Lubbock."

Wednesday at 10 p.m., city council members - current and past members - along with other city officials will all meet for the ribbon cutting.

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