Monahans Water Project To Keep Community From Running Out Of Water 5/8/13
CBS 7 News
May 8, 2013
MONAHANS-With summer just around the corner, water use is expected to surge. For water officials in Monahans, there's just not enough room to store "treated" water.
So today water officials in Monahans broke ground on a new water tank.
The Southwest Sandhills Water Corporation says the new tank will ensure that they won't run out of water. The SWC serves more than 3,000 residents in and around Monahans.
They buy all their water from the city, but can only keep as much as they can store. They say summer puts a drain on their two storage tanks.
"The usage is up, sometimes as much as double because people water, they have swimming pools, they use more water,” said Loredia Potts, director of the Southwest Sandhills Water Corporation.
The city well gets first priority on pumping water--so if there is an emergency like a summer brush fire which knocks out power, the SWC could be left using only water in its supply tanks for days. Their tanks are smaller than the 450,000 gallon tank that's now on the way.
"If they're drawing water and we can't draw at the same time, then we have this 450,000 gallon reserve tank,” said Potts. “This will eliminate the hope our running out of water at any point."
It’s all funded by a USDA loan. Officials say the construction could begin by summer.
"It's very important because they need additional storage,” said Area Director of USDA Rural Development John Perkins. “It helps them meet their peak demand."
The SWC will have 25 years to pay off the low-interest USDA loan.