Recent Rains Change Water Supply Lifespan

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN - All of the rain dumped on the Basin this past week translates into a brighter side of the drought. One lake filled up a little more, La Nina is gone and our soil is now moist and possibly even ready for planting.

"We haven't seen a rain like that in two years out here," Colorado Municipal Water District General Manager, John Grant, said. "Ivie came up about a foot. We haven't really seen any in-flow into Spence or Thomas. We're pretty much set up for the next 30-45 days if we can get some storms coming across."

So the rains bought our water supply some more time.

Lake O.H. Ivie sits at 16% full while J.B. Thomas and E.V. Spence are still bottomed-out at less than 1% full.

But for the last year, the doom date, the day all the lakes were supposed to be dried up, was December of this year.

Water restrictions along with these rains have changed that.

"Well, with the rains that we've had early this year, with the reduced demands, we may have extended that into maybe the early fall of 2013," Grant said.

The Basin's been given more time with their water but officials said only through continued conservation and more rain can we keep it going.

That's why water restrictions are still in place. But officials also said that just 15 feet of rain into the lakes could be enough to lighten some of those restrictions.

"We're by no means out of the drought," Grant said. "We're by no means close to having full lakes but we don't have to have full lakes to be able to lift our restrictions."