Lake Meredith, Lubbock's Water Source, at a Record Low - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/19/06

Lake Meredith, Lubbock's Water Source, at a Record Low

The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority pulls about 50% of water from Lake Meredith and about 50% from water wells in Roberts County, which is a county north of Lubbock county.  With water use up from last year, Lubbock has to come up with another plan fast to replace a depleting water source.

Lake Meredith at its full capacity is 191 feet deep or more . Right now, it is reportedly 56 feet deep; an all time low and only eight percent full. With 11 West Texas city members of the CRMWA, 8% is not enough.

High Plains Water District manager Jim Conkwright, "It's just not getting the precipitation it needs to keep that lake at a level we're comfortable with."  He is also a water advisory board member for the Lubbock City Council.

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Conkwright says the plan is to build more wells in Roberts County which will pump more water to Lubbock and the other cities.  City Councilman Gary Boren says this means less water will be taken from Lake Meredith.  "We'll draw from that resource to offset record lows from Lake Meredith," Boren explained.

Conkwright says in the meantime, Mother Nature needs to do her part to replenish Lake Meredith.  "Hopefully Lake Meredith will catch up.  Rain will fall, the tide will turn, or they'll start getting winter snow," said Conkwright.

CRMWA says it will cost $20 million to drill more water wells and they have that money ready to go in the form of bond money. The project will take a couple of years to complete.

But if Lake Meredith does not catch up and water levels remain low?   Officials say that is when they will look into building another pipeline from Roberts County.  Building a pipeline from Lake Alan Henry to Lubbock is already in the works.  Building more pipeline will cost approximately $300 million which could raise our water rates by 50%.

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