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6/9/05

Lubbock City Council Wants to Tap into Underground Water for Future Use

South Lubbock residents could have playa lake water as their drinking water in the future.
That's just one of the many topics discussed at Thursday’s city council meeting.

It's an idea that has one councilman turning a sour tongue, drinking playa water. City Councilman Gary Boren says Lubbock residents have never drank re-used water.

You may have seen the water storage tank at 82nd Street and Memphis. It's to hold future drinking water for the residents of south Lubbock. The city plans to pull the water from underground which is recharged by our playa lakes. But the level of concern is much greater.

City Councilman Gary Boren says there is an old landfill on 70th and Quaker that may be seeping contaminants into that water. “My concern is that if we take water from the playa lakes, we must use the best technology to clean and scrub our water to make sure it's clean before we let the residents use it,” said Boren.

The City of Lubbock will conduct an investigation this winter into the water contaminants before the water is even treated and used as drinking water.

The city has agreed to tear down Fire Station Number Eight on 50th street because of the building's age. Fire Chief Steve Hailey says it is a 30-year-old building that just isn't big enough to house the new and rather larger fire trucks that are on the market. The city will build a new one at the same location that has a price tag of $1.2 million. Demolition will begin this fall.

Finally, the city's financial audit was made public on Thursday. The City Council was relieved to hear the report revealed no integrity issues. You may recall last year, the audit showed that your tax money was mismanaged and reported inaccurately. Auditors say that was not the case this year.

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