New Water Source Coming to the Basin

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

A new water source is coming to the Basin. It's all part of a plan to make sure West Texas has drinking water for years to come.

The Colorado River Municipal Water District just bought a new 60 million dollar well to combine with lake water. This new ground water will be able to hold the Permian basin for many years to come.

"By purchasing this we increased our water reserve an estimated 100 ft. and supplement well over 100 years," John Grant with the Colorado River Municipal Water District, said.

This new water well in Ward County will pump water out and mix it with lake water before it goes out to your tap. The Water District is also working on starting a water recycling plant.

"New plant, new technology. For years, we have delivered raw water, we're starting a new career and we want to treat water," Grant said.

Customer's water bill might see an increase.

"We may be looking at an increase of water cost of 5-10 cents per 1,000 gallons over the next few years," Grant said.

The new plant will be in Big Spring and they hope to recycle two million gallons of treated water a day.

"In the future, 25-50 years, I think reclaiming water wisely and safely makes sense," Grant said.

Total cost for the new well and the water treatment plant is 72 million dollars. The Colorado River Municipal Water District hopes to start delivering the new water from the well to customers by next summer.