Water and oil don't mix. But with the current oil boom, companies in the business of supplying water to the masses are making a concerted effort to do so, even if it's only metaphorically.
John Littlejohn, owner and chief scientist (PhD from Harvard University in Geological Sciences) and executive head of and founder of V.V. Water Company, LLC, held a public meeting Thursday to propose building a pipeline that would supply West Texas with artesian spring water from the Edwards aquifer.
The proposal entails building a pipeline from Val Verde County to Midland and its surrounding towns — including Big Spring — through to Snyder. According to their mission statement, this proposal would bring volumes of water greater than 150,000 acres per foot per year or (roughly) 48 billion gallons from southern Valverde County to San Angelo where it can be distributed across most of the cities and towns of West Texas using the present infrastructure.
“The price for this water is less than any other presently proposed plan and this water is of superior quality and is a self-renewing resource that is available regardless of drought conditions,” Littlejohn said.
Implementation of the 160-mile pipeline, including planning, ordering materials, transportation, etc., would take 3 to 3.5 years, according to the business owner. The pipeline would work in concurrence with existing infrastructure currently in place and coordinated by CRMWD.
Upon delivery of the artesian water to be used for drinking and bathing, water provided by CRMWD would be for industrial use.
“We are asking the cities involved to take our proposal to their city attorneys and city councils,” said Littlejohn.,
The potential conflict with the CRMWD which currently supplies water to the Big Spring, Snyder, Midland was dispelled by Littlejohn. “We want to work with the cities and CRMWD. We believe in working with the infrastructure and people of the cities.”
A resolution from V.V Water Company to the San Angelo City Council last week reads that San Angelo should instruct its attorney to finalize a draft contract for the purchase and sale of water from the company, and express a vote of “no confidence” in the management of the Colorado River Municipal Water District.
Last Tuesday, the San Angelo City Council elected to table any action until more research could be conducted.