Odessa Water Levels Evaporating, CRMWD Working to Keep The Water Flowing
March 26, 2014 at 8:32 PM CDT - Updated July 10 at 10:37 AM
By: Alexa Williams NewsWest 9
ODESSA - With the Permian Basin in a drought and the blistering heat right around the corner, the City of Odessa is trying to prepare. On Tuesday night, the city council heard from the Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD) for an update on the evaporating water levels.
"Not only is West Texas but a lot of the state is still in the drought and it's had a major impact to surface water supplies," John Grant, General Manager for Colorado River Municipal Water District, said.
According to the CRMWD website, the lake and two reservoir's Odessa receives water from are close to tapping out. O.H. Ivie reservoir is a little over 12 percent full, E.V. Spence reservoir is about three percent full and Lake J.B. Thomas is not even two percent full.
"Assuming that all of our surface water goes dry, the lakes go dry, we'll still able to bring in water to meet people's needs but it will be shifting over to ground water usage," Grant said.
If Odessa does convert to groundwater, CRMWD said they'll be able to bring in 20 million gallons a day for the city, but during summer months, they'll more than likely have to limit delivery. The water district also says they're currently looking at four different geographic areas for new water supplies but the locations cannot be released just yet.
"We're evaluating new proposals we received for a new water supply," Grant said.
The city says not to worry, even with the water shortage they don't anticipate any more water restrictions.
"I'm not hearing any indication from anyone that the restrictions are going to change. CRMWD insures the city of Odessa that we're going to have a water supply," Andrea Goodson, with the City of Odessa, said.