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Rains scant aid to area’s water woes

January 26, 2012

Wednesday's rainfall helped boost Colorado River Municipal Water District reservoir levels around the region, but according to local officials, the increases are small when compared to the “big picture” the current water shortage has left West Texans to face.

According to meteorologists with the National Weather Service Office in Midland, Big Spring saw a total rainfall of approximately .23 of an inch, while Snyder received .18 of an inch and the city of Midland saw .27 of an inch. All totals are currently unofficial.

Officials with CRMWD confirmed this morning the rain translated into a 1.8-inch rise in Lake Spence, a 2.04-inch increase in Lake Ivie and no change in the water district's lowest reservoir, Lake Thomas.

According to John Grant, CRMWD general manager, the increases have bought the water district some time before its supply of surface water officially runs out, but not much.

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