West Texas Water Limits May Come

by Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - In West Texas, water is starting to dwindle. So much so that limits on the wet stuff may be put into place.

A 10% decrease in water deliveries to West Texas may be coming.

The Colorado River Municipal Water District, which supplies water from Odessa to San Angelo, can no longer deny that their lakes and reservoirs are drying up.

"Our lakes are continuing to go down," said CRMWD General Manager John Grant. "Today (Friday) Lake Thomas is about 6% full. The Spence Reservoir is just a drop below 3% full."

There's been hardly any rain to refill those outdoor water sources but there has been plenty of sun.

The upcoming summer months will be crucial for the water district. On average they go through 86 million gallons a day but lose even more to evaporation.

The sun sucks up closer to 100 million a day and those figures are showing from the district's Big Spring office.

"Out here, the air that we're in is more dry and so that moisture's gonna get soaked up more into it," Grant said.

He's predicting a 10% decrease in water deliveries.

When NewsWest 9 spoke to Midland Director of Utilities Stuart Purvis about this issue weeks ago, he said outdoor watering may be affected the most.

It may go to time-of-day or day-of-week waterings.

"If people come out here and just use water just like there's no tomorrow, that costs more money too," Grant said.

The water district is set to meet with Midland officials about these possible limits next Wednesday.

Where they and other West Texas cities will go from here to watch their water has yet to be seen.