Did the Rain Wash Away Water Restrictions? 10/2/12
October 1, 2012
The impact of last week's downpour continues to roll in.
Lake JB Thomas has risen over 3 feet.
E.V Spence saw a drastic jump up over 21 feet.
O.H Ivie has risen over 15 feet since friday's storms.
According to Colorado River Municipal Water District, Ivie is no longer in any stage of drought.
"I think people need to start accepting the fact that water conservation needs to become a way of life," said Andrea Goodson with the City of Odessa.
Both Midland and Odessa officials say water restrictions are based on how much the Colorado River Municipal Water District will give and as of now limitations for both cities are staying the same.
Over the next few weeks CRMWD will be evaluating its system to see if delivery limitations can be changed.
"At that point the city will decide to ease up on restrictions," Goodson said.
Both cities will meet with the water district within a couple of weeks, they say the ultimate goal is that there is enough water supply for everyone, and they say the cost of doing so will not change in the near future.
"I don't foresee water rates changing, that's not to say it could change in the future depending on conditions," Goodson said.
"To go back to do what we were doing in the past is irresponsible in my opinion," Midland Mayor Wes Perry said, "this has been a wake up call for all of us."
CRMWD reports that water is *still* finding its way down the watershed, but we're not in the clear.
"We're pretty fortunate because it's beginning to replenish our water supply. we're by no means out of the drought, but at least our reservoirs are going up and not down," said John Grant the General Manager with CRMWD.
As of this morning the water district reports JB Thomas rose from .41 percent full to .72 percent.
EV Spence jumped from .19 percent to .43 percent full.
O.H. Ivie had the most drastic jump from just under 12 percent full to over 25 percent full.