Odessa City Council to Approves More Funds For Test Water Well in Fort Stockton

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The Odessa City Council took steps on Tuesday night to bring more water to the city.

They gave the green light to provide more funds for a test water well in Fort Stockton.

They'll be drilling to test the quality and the quantity of water in the Capitan Reef Aquifer in Pecos County.

But the project is a big undertaking.

The city manager says they needed an additional $1.5 million to start drilling.

"The goal and our hope is that the quality would be as good or better than the water the City of Fort Stockton already has and that the quantity would be enough, that eventually that would be a future water source for the City of Odessa, and not just Odessa but possibly the Permian Basin. And that's where we are going with it," Odessa City Manager, Richard Morton, said.

If all goes as planned, the City of Odessa and City of Fort Stockton will have to finalize an agreement but the Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District will still have to give them the go ahead.