Midland, Odessa City Councils to Discuss Water Items This Week

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ODESSA - The future of water for residents is on the agenda for both Midland and Odessa City Councils this week.

In Midland, Council members are expected to vote on finalizing a contract with the Midland County Freshwater Supply District.

The contract to bring in water in from the T-Bar Ranch has been in the works for a while now.

Members will get another update on the project in a briefing on Tuesday morning.

The property is located in Loving and Winkler County and the water is expected to help Midland's water supply for the next 100 years.

If the contract is given the green light, the first delivery of water from the T-Bar Ranch is expected by May of 2013.

Over in Odessa, Mayor Larry Melton and council members will talk about possibly buying more water from the Colorado River Municipal Water District in the future but the water they're looking into isn't drinkable, at least not yet.

The city is considering a contract with the water district to buy brackish water.

This kind of water has more salt content than freshwater.

The city has looked into the option of building a desalination plant to provide another source for water.

A new plant would be a multi-million dollar project but the possible contract could mean the city is headed in that direction.

Members are set to vote on the item on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.