Pumping to Begin on Santa Rosa Aquifer

Jim Simms, Amarillo City Commissioner
Jim Simms, Amarillo City Commissioner

We first told you about another source of water underneath the ogallala aquifer about two weeks ago.

Tuesday Amarillo City Commissioners made the decision to start pumping from the Santa Rosa.

Jim Simms, City Commissioner says, "The engineers will start tomorrow laying out where the wells will be and then we will start drilling on them ASAP."

Simms says the water will be easier to get out of the ground than some other sources since the city can use existing pipelines to bring it into the city.

As we told you earlier... The quality of water in the aquifer varies... So officials say it will be mixed with water coming from CRMWA and the Ogallala.