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College trustees approve plan for drilling water wells

August 13, 2011

From left, Howard College officials Jason Mims, director of business services, Ricky Sneed, grounds supervisor, and Executive Vice President Terry Hansen inspect a recently completed water well site on the campus. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

Howard College trustees Friday approved a plan to supplement the college's water usage by drilling several water wells on campus.

The action, which was taken during a special meeting of trustees Friday, means college officials will spend up to $125,000 in the coming months drilling, casing and completing six water well at various spots on the Birdwell Lane campus.

The college, along with everyone else in West Texas, has bee looking for ways to best deal with a prolonged drought that has resulted in water deliveries being cut by 20 percent in recent months.

Of particular concern was the college's outside watering needs. Officials decided in short order to quit watering the campus lawns, but have continued to maintain the baseball and softball fields and water the playground area at Howard Cottage.

With students mostly gone for the summer, those steps were adequate to meet the 20 percent reduction in usage.

“But students are about to come back for the fall semester,” College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks said. “Usage is going to increase. So, the big question facing us is how do we continue to meet the 20 percent reduction level?”

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