CRMWD Lifts Restriction On How Much Water They Sell To Cities

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

Big Spring - During the recent rainfall, Lake O.H. Ivie received 15 feet of water and Lake Spence totaled 25 feet. According to Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD), the water surface has more than doubled. In Wednesday's meeting, board members voted to lift the restriction on how much water they sell to cities.

"A lot of people have moved in the area so are we providing enough water for basic needs for businesses, for people to live and things like that, that was another reason to lift restrictions," John Grant, General Manager for CRMWD, said.

Starting December First, CRMWD will not have restrictions on how much water they sell to cities. According to Grant, we have received enough rainfall in the months of September and October to lift the ban, however, they will continue to monitor the situation.

"We are going to continue to monitor it maybe as we get into the Spring of next year late Spring or early Summer. We will re-evaluate it, Have we gotten any rain? Have we gotten any inflow? Do we need to put some limit back in place by the end of next year," Grant said.

Even though water restrictions have been lifted, Big Spring residents are not happy about it.

"I'm just afraid that we are gonna go right back down to where we were or worse, some restriction is better than lifting it totally unless we had full lakes all around us," Big Spring resident, Mary Farmer, said.

"I think we should wait until we get more rain because that will get the water level up," Big Spring resident, Maria Lopez, said.

Some residents like Thomas Tafuro feel CRMWD made the right call and supports their decision.

"They should know what they are doing, they're the experts, they have all the formulas to figure all that stuff out. It shouldn't be no problem, if they say it's ok, then it should be ok," Tafuro said.

Grant mentioned even though the district has lifted the restriction on how much water they sell to cities, he reminds residents that we are still in a drought and water restrictions are still in place in local areas.

"Folks need to understand that they live in the edge of a desert. We live in a drought prone area so even if the restrictions are lifted, people still need to pay attention to their water use, they don't need to let it run down the street like they have in the past," Grant said.