Drought continues depleting Texas reservoirs
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The severe Texas drought continues depleting water supplies for scores of municipalities statewide.
As of October, the total volume of water in 96 percent of the state’s major reservoirs was at nearly 60 percent — a record low since 1990.
The Texas Water Development Board’s Ruben Solis says reservoirs have different uses and demands. So he says the low levels are problematic when a city’s water needs can’t be met.
Ten reservoirs are below 10 percent storage capacity. Five of those are all but empty — including Lake Meredith in the Panhandle.
Last month the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority near Amarillo voted to stop using Lake Meredith. Officials have said the lone remaining water supply is plentiful, but the peak demand may put stress on its delivery.