Recent Rains Keeping Customers From Using More Water

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - All the rain we got last week doesn't just make for happy farmers and green grass and trees; it also helps the water supply.

Before the summer even started, water officials were concerned that they might have to start voluntary conservation, but the rain has kept those water levels up.

The Colorado River Municipal Water District tells NewsWest 9, the rainfall that has hit West Texas didn't really have an effect on the lakes, but it had a big effect on the customers because they use less water.

This time around, the recent rains have helped reduce water consumption by about half, which is normal for the winter months.

Normal use in the summer is about 90 to 100 million gallons a day.

Water watchers say that's good but it doesn't mean there is extra water.

"We have caught some water in the lakes but rainfall also reduces the demand. We're still in good shape. Folks need to pay attention to water we use," Colorado River Municipal Water District General Manager, John Grant, said.

Even though the water district is in good shape for now they are still asking customers to be conscious of the water they use.

Lake reports also came back from the parks and wildlife a couple days ago and reported that the golden algae that was in Lake Spence is gone.

The city of Big Spring, Odessa, Midland, and Stanton are all getting a blend of Spence and other water.