Colorado River Municipal Water District Fears Dry Summer For 2013

Colorado River Municipal Water District Fears Dry Summer For 2013

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The official start of Spring was on Wednesday, before you know it, we will be dealing with high temperatures. Some have even predicted that this Summer could be as severe as the one in 2011.

NewsWest 9 talked to John Grant, the General Manager with Colorado River Municipal Water District. He says although we have seen some rain in recent months, it's still not enough to get us out of the drought.

"We are continuing to monitor. We are in better shape today then what we were a year ago but we are by no means out of the drought," Grant said.

Although parts of West Texas did see some rainfall in the fall and even some snow, it was not enough to make a dent in our local lakes. Currently, Lake Thomas is less than one percent full while Lake Ivy sits at 20 percent.

According to Grant it's not all bad news.

"At Spence, we were fortunate we caught some rain runoff last fall. We are little over five percent full. We are going to start using Spence as part of our water supply here in the next few weeks that will probably help last through the summer."

Grants says based on some predictions he has heard, the Summer of 2013 could be similar to the drought in 2011.

"You look at the weather projections for the next six months, they're predicting above average temperatures and below normal precipitation. That kinda scares me. In 2011, it was hot, it was dry, it was windy and it didn't rain," Grant said.

Grant says even though the Colorado River Municipal Water District has no water restrictions, many cities still do and residents should abide by those restrictions. He also mentioned that even homeowners who have water wells should be careful about their water usage.

"From groundwater, if you pump it out, it's essentially mining that water out of the ground and to replace it, it could take several hundred thousand years in areas where there is limited groundwater. Once you take that water out of the ground, it's going to take a long time to replace it," Grant said.

Grant says its everyone's responsibility to be careful with water usage whether there are under any water restrictions or not.