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Water rationing could be in Amarillo's future

Emmett Autrey, City of Amarillo Director of Utilities Emmett Autrey, City of Amarillo Director of Utilities

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Lake Meredith continues breaking records... But not the good kind. Levels are at an all time low right now, which is causing some concern among water authorities in Amarillo.

Right now, the lake's water level is at 41.8 feet... The lowest it's been since it first opened in 1967. Which means it's time to turn on the new pumps.

Amarillo's Director of Utilities Emmett Autrey says, "The level of water in the lake is dropping to the point where the lowest intake in the intake structure cannot flow enough water by gravity to meet the demands of the cities."

If lake levels continue to drop and eventually reach dangerous levels, Amarillo could lose the 14 million gallons a day it draws from Meredith... A pretty significant chunk of the 70 million gallons residents use daily. Officials are working on a back-up plan... The Potter County Well Field is on track to be up and running by June.

They expect that to supply about 20 million gallons a day, but unlike the lake, which has the potential to be re-filled, the well field is not a renewable resource.

As the city does its part, they're asking you to do yours and conserve as much water as you can.

They've never issued a mandatory water restriction before, but they say they've never been this close to doing it.

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