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CRMWA will start pumping water from Lake Meredith

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Fritch, TX - The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority board says there are many reasons why they've decided to resume pumping.  

General Manager for CRMWA, Kent Satterwhite says every gallon that is pumped out of the lake is one less gallon we we have to take out of the Ogallala Aquifer, which is non renewable. 

But their main reason is to give back to their member cities.  

"Pampa, Borger, Amarillo, Plainview, Lubbock and several cities South and West of Lubbock. They're all the original members of CRMWA who pay 30 million dollars a year for the having that supply," said Satterwhite. 

CRMWA plans on pumping 10 million gallons a day until the lake is down by two feet. 

"We'll blend this water with the well water we're supplying now. We'll blend it down to where it meets state drinking water standards," said Satterwhite. 

The Panhandle Groundwater District also influenced this decision.  

General Manager for Panhandle Groundwater District, C.E. Williams says he is very pleased to hear they will be pumping lake water. 

"As the water quality improves with the lake, it will allow them to pump more lake water and less ground water," said Williams. 

But some people aren't happy about it. We spoke with many residents near Lake Meredith who think this choice is not good.

One resident says the lake should be left alone and only be used for recreational benefits. 

But the board stands by its decision.

"It was a responsible and hard decision to make because everybody likes having a lake, but the lake is paid for by the cities and it's their water supply," said Satterwhite. 

CRMWA argues that if they don't use the lake water, it would end up evaporating during the summer months.  

Pumping is expected to start in about two weeks.