Water Restrictions Possible as Drought Continues
May 3, 2013
West Texas hasnít seen much rain this year and that could lead to water restrictions for Big Spring.
The drought in West Texas has led to restrictions before and as reservoir levels continue to drop, Big Spring could see water restrictions.
"We'll be prepared for that...I mean it's going to be based on the inflows at reservoirs and the availability of water," said Johnny Womack of the Big Spring Public Works Department.
John Grant of the CRMWD says they will revaluate water levels in July and they will not restrict water to their customer cities like Big Spring before then.
"We'll evaluate where we are in water supply our system operation. Then if we feel like we need to put in any restrictions in place or limit deliveries, that's something that we would consider looking at in August," Grant said.
Womack says the city is prepared for any possible restrictions.
"We have a drought contingency plan and when we hit a certain level then we just announce that we're going back in to stage 3," he said.
The CRMWD has tapped into new resources in Ward County and developed a reclaiming plant that will help with drought conditions, but John Grant says they would prefer to use surface water from reservoirs.
"You know how do we need to manage our water supplies...if we continue not to get any rain any inflow," he said.
June tends to be the rainy season in West Texas so officials are hoping the June rains keep water at a sustainable level and therefore there will be no need for restrictions.