San Angelo Live reported on the first meeting of the new Water Advisory Board with our new Water Utilities Director. :
Bill Riley, being the City of San Angelo Water Utilities Director and most informed and seasoned in the expertise of the city's water situation,...I'm sure Mr. Riley knows water. I find it hard to believe he is the most informed regarding San Angelo's water situation given its history under former Water Chiefs Will Wilde and Ricky Dickson.
San Angelo Live offered:
Lake Spence, which is also supposed to supply the city water supply, is virtually dry right now, and hasn’t captured any significant gain in the last couple of years, taking Spence out of the equation.Lake E.V. Spence has more water than Twin Buttes, 14,770 acre feet vs. 9,427according to the Texas Water Development Board. It is up nearly 6,000 acre feet in the last month As for the last couple of years Spence held 30,000 acre feet in 2013. Besides being wrong on Spence's water volume, Mr. Riley and San Angelo Live are missing the most basic fact as to why we get no water directly from Lake Spence. The city's pipeline no longer works.
In justifying the Hickory Aquifer pipeline construction to a former Water Board in July 2009 minutes showed.
Mr. Wilde stated the Lake Spence water supply pipeline has experience problems and issues, primarily due to the materials used; therefore not a viable water source.When the city updated its website it lost a rich trove of documents, including the link to this statement. I don't fault Mr. Riley or San Angelo Live for not knowing. Consider this their opportunity to learn.