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Water on city council's mind

February 21, 2011

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the Big Spring City Council is rather brief, with final approval of a resolution supporting the Colorado River Municipal Water District's ongoing efforts to educate the public on the need for water conservation.

Talks between CRMWD and its member cities — including Big Spring — have been ongoing for some time now, centering around water conservation heading into the coming summer, when water usage in the Crossroads area is expected to be at its highest point.

According to City Manager Gary Fuqua, the water district is launching an education campaign that includes an advertising blitz to remind water customers of the importance of water conservation in the area.
Two of the water district's four main sources of water — Lakes Thomas and Spence — are at critically low levels, leaving Lake Ivie and the Ward County underground water well fields as CRMWD's only dependable sources of water, according to CRMWD General Manager John Grant.
Grant recently confirmed that maximum water deliveries to member cities were cut by 10 percent effective Feb. 1.

A reduction in maximum deliveries won't adversely effect water deliveries until the peak months of June through August, when demand is at its highest, Grant said.

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