Drought in West Texas has lasting effects - FOX34 Lubbock

Drought in West Texas has lasting effects

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There's a strain on our region's water supply, according to the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District. This agency measures water levels in 16 counties. 2018 has been a rain deficit year so far.

"I think by now we are about 7 or 8 inches of precipitation for the year," said Katherine Drury, with the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District. "That is extremely low."

The city of Lubbock gets most of its water from the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority, or CRMWA, which includes Lake Meredith, Lake Allen Henry, and ground water from well fields in Roberts and Bailey counties.

"Quality of water is pretty good, the Ogallala is the best you can get in the region we obviously for the city of Lubbock do have treatment and that sort of thing," said Drury. "West Texas is known for it's hard water so that's gonna be calcium in the water, but quality wise we are looking pretty good."

The city of Wolforth's water treatment plant opened only a year and a half ago. City manager Darell Newsom said the system works well and the city's been able to reduce its arsenic and fluoride to acceptable levels. The summer stresses the water treatment plant the most that's when pumping through the wells is most consistent. 

"We are down to sometimes in the summer changing these filters every couple of weeks," said Newsom. "We are looking into other alternatives to combat that an external treatment outside the plant that will actually catch the sand, manganese and the iron and those kinds of things before they ever get in the inside of the plant so we can do the actual filtration."

Unlike Lubbock, Wolforth doesn't benefit from CRMWA and relies solely on well water. Wolforth couldn't afford joining when the option came up decades ago. The city also does not benefit from Lake Allen Henry and remote well fields in Bailey and Roberts counties. Newsom said the city's currently testing at its well farms hoping to expand and grow in the near future. 
 

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