City Of Fort Stockton Moves Forward To Test Water Well

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

FT. STOCKTON - City leaders in Fort Stockton and Odessa have been talking for months about a possible partnership. Fort Stockton City Council members gathered on Friday for a special meeting that may determine the future water supply for the City of Odessa.

"Tonight's discussion will be routine. We're making sure the contract with the driller is ok and ready to go," Fort Stockton City Manager, Raul Rodriguez, said.

But nothing is set in stone just yet. Rodriguez says the meeting was scheduled to decide whether or not move forward to drill the monitor well so they can test the water in the Captain Reef Complex Aquifer. The drilling will be done by the Hydro Resources Company.

"To say that is hard water I guess we have to find out how hard the water has to be in order to be just too expensive. That's what this data is really going to help us answer," Rodriguez said.

According to Rodriguez, the actual drilling site is located in the vicinity of the Old Alpine Highway. The price tag just to conduct this water test is more than $800,000.

"We're looking at costs, as far as, if it doesn't work. If the water turns out unusable for whatever reason," Rodriguez said.

The paperwork is all set and done by the City along with the Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District. Now with City's approval, the test drill will take place sometime next week. The drill will go about 4,000 feet deep into the ground to obtain the water. The results of the test could take up to 20 days.

"The City Council has been pretty much for this project to help Fort Stockton and in the process eventually help Odessa," Rodriguez said.

The approved paperwork that the City Council voted on Friday night now has to get the final approval by the City of Odessa.