CRMWD Approves Lifting Water Restrictions 11/14/12
CBS 7 News
November 14, 2012
UPDATE, 1:30 PM:
Midland Water Rates Drop on the Heels of CRMWD Decision
Midland residents can look forward to a drop in their water rates, as the City Council has already begun motions to drop prices.
Residents using fewer than 25,000 gallons of water per month will see their bill cut in half. Those who use over that amount will pay about the same rate as before.
Odessa officials are considering what action to take after the CRMWD resolution, but no decision has yet been made. The City Council will meet on the second Tuesday of December and take up the matter, as they swear in two new Council Members.
BIG SPRING - This morning, the 12-member Board of Directors of the Colorado River Municipal Water District voted unanimously to lift water usage restrictions for city members of the CRMWD--including Big Spring, Odessa, and Snyder--as well as municipalities--including Midland, San Angelo, Abilene, and Stanton--that contract water from it.
The months of September and October of this year brought much-needed rainfall to our area and added an estimated 15 feet to our watershed. Area surface water (in acre feet) went from 65 thousand to 165 thousand during this time, representing a 150% increase.
Even so, area lake levels, averaged together, still remain just below 13% full, and the CRMWD continues to urge residents to conserve water.
The CRMWD also cautions that this vote does not mean that there will be no further water restrictions. It is now up to local governments to determine how to best manage member city and municipality water needs.
The Colorado River Municipal Water District will review this decision in the Spring of 2013 and will make any necessary adjustments to policy at that time.