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Area Cities to Get More Water From CRMWA

Emmett Autrey, Amarillo's Director of Utilities Emmett Autrey, Amarillo's Director of Utilities
Kent Satterwhite, CRMWA General Manager Kent Satterwhite, CRMWA General Manager

For the first time in almost a decade, area cities will be receiving more water from CRMWA.

Area cities are now able to receive more water because levels at Lake Meredith have drastically changed in the past few months... It rose eight feet in October and it's nearly three feet higher now than it was at this time last year. In a unanimous decision on Wednesday morning, CRMWA board members voted to allocate five thousand additional acre feet to member cities.

Amarillo's Director of Utilities Emmett Autrey says, "that five thousand acre feet is spread among all eleven member cities so we only get about 2000 acre feet of that." It's not a significant amount of water, but it's probably enough to last us for several years, until the new well field is ready for use in 2011. Autrey says that means in "summer of 2010 we don't have to worry quite so much about the lake going away. "While authorities say that is definitely a good thing, we still are not in an ideal situation.

CRMWA General Manager Kent Satterwhite is still concerned. "The lake is still at a really low level. The record low was in the 45s and we're only at 53. In 2000 I think we were in the 90s. So we're still really low we've just bought a little time with this inflow." The higher levels do mean that the low level pumps are going to be delayed, and possibly taken out of the picture all together, if lake levels continue to rise at the same rate. Another plus to the slightly higher lake levels... The water quality is better because the farther the water is from the floor, the less dirt is mixed into the water.

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