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6/23/06

Lubbock to Discuss Drought Plan on Monday

Lake Meredith is still at a record low and officials say each day it continues to drop. With the mere thought of running out of water, it has the Lubbock City Council considering big changes to a drought plan that restricts how and when we use water.

The entire state is in a severe drought with 152 water systems in some stage of a drought plan. Lubbock right now is in stage one, which means voluntary conservation. According to the city of Lubbock, we have never moved passed that point.  It could happen soon. But what would be the next level? That is exactly what Lubbock City Council will try to figure out Monday.

As it reads right now, stage two of Lubbock's drought contingency plan limits residents to watering lawns once a week.  It also means you would have to ask for water at restaurants, and washing your car with a running water hose would be prohibited. From daily watering to once a week, Councilwoman Phyllis Jones says that is a drastic step. The council will discuss possibly wedging a stage that is consumer friendly, but affective water conservation.

"Maybe we need to put something in that plan. (For instance) twice a week on the watering.  I think that is what we're looking at right now. If we can amend that plan to where it's not quite as drastic of a drop," said Jones.

As the city looks at revising the drought plan, the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority plans to take action July 12th.  They will decide how much water its 11 member cities can continue to get from Lake Meredith.  With that in mind, Deputy City Manager Tom Adams recommends city council make a decision soon. "Lake Meredith is a significant portion of our water supply.  As long as Lake Meredith is as low as it is, or declining, then we'll have to consider being in the drought plan and consider additional steps in that plan," said Adams.  

The city council will consider revising the drought plan Monday and approve a final copy of it July 10th.  That's when we will know if Lubbock will move into the next stage of water conservation.

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