CRMWD Looking for New Water Sources 7/26/13
Cbs 7 news
July 26, 2013
In West Texas, we're always searching for new water sources to keep up with the population growth and the Colorado River Municipal Water District is doing it's part to ensure there is water for the masses.
John Grant, the director of CRMWD says they plan 50 years into the future, meaning, the fact that they are looking for new sources for water right now is no reason to worry.
The goal is to simply make sure there is a sustainable water-source for years to come.
"What we're looking for now is a new source," says Grant.
Over the last couple of years, CRMWD has been contacted by various land owners and business groups saying they have water supplies and they might be willing to sell the rights.
Now, these sources could be ground water or surface water, it all depends on CRMWD's evaluation of the source.
Proposals from these interested sellers will come in over the next 3 months but it will take anywhere from 3 to 6 months for CRMWD evaluate and make a decision.
John Grant tells me the evaluation is based on 3 factors: quantity, quality, and location.
"Most people don't realize it but its not the cost of the water that's the big cost, it's the cost of developing supply and transporting it into the system."
Those transportation costs include piping and pumping which isn't cheap...but he says they are willing buyers and they're working with willing sellers.
He says we're not in the best shape but we're still looking pretty good.
"What is that future water need to be out here? We don't have the answer to that yet we just know it's prudent to go out there and look for additional supplies."
Grant tells us they want to choose carefully because they want the new source to sustain the region for a long time to come.