By Jen Kastner
PERMIAN BASIN- The Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD) is looking to lift its water delivery restrictions to their member cities and contracted cities by as early as December of 2012.
The past few years have been bone dry out in West Texas. Yet, in late September of 2012, the skies opened up and poured for a full weekend. According CRMWD, the primary regional raw water supplier, the Permian Basin received about as much water in those few rainy day, as it normally averages in a full year.
The O.H. Ivie Reservoir shot up 15 feet and the E.V. Spence Reservoir rose 25 feet.
"Basically, what that does is that gives us 18 months of surface water," CRMWD's John Grant, said.
Now, Grant is looking to make some major changes. He is proposing that CRMWD lift all water delivery restrictions to its member and contract cities like Odessa and Midland. At least, temporarily. The lift could happen as early as December 1st. Cities could buy as much as they could afford.
"We're going into the winter right now. People don't use a lot of water but we want to make sure that we don't artificially hold water usage down," Grant said.
NewsWest 9 talked to both the cities of Midland and Odessa about the potential lift to see if they'll change their restrictions or rates because of this. Officials tell us, it's too soon to tell. They'll wait and see if CRMWD's proposal is even accepted by the Board of Directors during its meeting next week.