CRMWD Says Surface Water is Close to Running Out 01/16/14
January 16, 2014
Big Spring - The Colorado River Municipal Water District is projecting that all surface water could dry up by late fall if we don’t have a heavy rainfall. For now, CRMWD will be forced to begin transporting water from the Ward County well fields in order to meet the demands.
Cities such as Midland, Odessa and Big Spring could ask residents to seriously cutback on watering outdoors. CRMWD says they have a good plan with Ward County that will get them through the summer.
“We at least have enough sustainable supply to meet everybody’s basic needs at home and businesses and stuff. It’s just the outside watering may suffer if we don’t get any rain inflow,” said CRMWD General Manager John Grant.
Last year CRMWD water reserves only received 25 percent of rain inflow of what they were hoping for. An amount so small, it could dry up the lakes by early winter forcing CRMWD to run one hundred percent off of groundwater.
“It’s never happened in West Texas before, but that’s not to say that it won’t happen,” said Grant.
CRMWD says that with help from Ward County the supply should be sufficient enough and will not restrict cities trying to buy water.
“If we started limiting deliveries now, we may gain a little bit. But what we gain we may lose to evaporation,” said Grant.
But some residents are calling for their city to place restrictions, because relying on heavy rainfall isn’t good enough. “It doesn’t only scare me but it also makes me a little bit upset because there were no water restrictions this past summer when there should have been,” said Big Spring resident Lea Faulks.
The cost for CRMWD to transport water from Ward County has already been factored into residents water bill. So officials say the rate will not be affected.