Sunday, March 24, 2013

EQ Stops Flowing

City leaders projected the South Pool to flow through Twin Buttes Equalization Channel, saying it could last several months.  It flowed for just over a week. 

The amount of water in Twin Buttes is roughly the same as it was last June, when the city faced a bleak water situation.  Some might ask what happened to the big runoff last fall?  The City drew down nearly 6,000 acre feet in five months.

That's a draw down of 1,250 acre feet a month. It's be interesting to know if any of it was used for well fracking, which uses 1.5 million gallons of water per well. 

The City's conflicted water stance comes from being both seller and encourager of conservation.  It brings to mind the recently overused statement, "Smells like money to me."  It'd be interesting to compare charges for the same amount of water used for residential vs. fracking purposes.

Unfortunately, Twin Buttes is back to last summer's levels and San Angelo's water needs look like they will soon explode.  Pray for rain.

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