Lubbock Putting Heat on Itself about Water Conservation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/06

Lubbock Putting Heat on Itself about Water Conservation

NewsChannel 11 asked city engineers why it has taken the City of Lubbock a year to implement its own plan for water conservation.

Seven months ago, the city drilled 21 water wells at 11 city parks to use ground water to water city parks. Even though the wells have been installed, the city is still using drinking water to water the parks.

A city water engineer explained that when they drilled the wells, they did not buy the pumping and irrigation equipment to make the wells work. They say each well requires a different sized pump based on the amount of water in the ground.

City Councilwoman Phyllis Jones says there is an urgency to get them online with Lake Meredith at record low levels.  "We've got to seriously look at and get the city moving as fast as we can on completing the things we need to help conservation," said Jones.

The city says the bids to find someone to install the pumping equipment will close next month.  The city has goal to have the pumps working by the end of the year.

Meanwhile,  the city has plans to drill wells at 14 more parks. Those are Andrews, Clapp, Dupree, Higginbotham, Hood, Huneke Leftwich Long, McAllister, McCullough, Miller Tech Terrace, Wagner, and Woods parks.  No date has been set for scheduled digging.

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