Exclusive: Fort Stockton Looking To Sell Water To Other Cities 12/19/13
CBS 7 News
December 19, 2013
FORT STOCKTON, TX - The Mayor of Fort Stockton tells us that the City is looking sell water to other municipalities and customers. The City of Fort Stockton and the City of Odessa were once partners in the Capitan Reef Water Project. That fell through but it may not be long before Fort Stockton is selling water to Odessa.
The City of Fort Stockton wants to sell groundwater to West Texas. They plan to lease out old oil wells and convert them into water well.
"We have three farmers that would love to sell us water, three ranchers," said Bill Lannom, Mayor Of Fort Stockton.
Fort Stockton's partnership with Odessa ended when Fort Stockton could not commit to drilling a well that would cost $3-million dollars but converting an existing well only costs a fraction of that, a price-tag the city can afford.
"To drill a brand-new well would be just silly with all these just sitting around not doing anything collecting dust.” Fort Stockton Mayor Bill Lannom says he would like to produce 20-30 million gallons per day... And sell the water to customers all around West Texas, including Odessa.
This could be just what Fort Stockton needs to rescue them from tough financial times, "It would make all the numbers look a whole lot better I’ll tell you that."
Though mayor Lannom would like a partner to split the cost, he says they don't need one to move forward with their plans. "We need to do something we can just sit, we need the money, if we don't continue we have wasted what we've already invested with this in Odessa and that's sad I hate to see that."
Fort Stockton is still exploring this option; nothing is set in stone just yet. Before the city can produce water, the Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District would first have to approve a permit.