Water will be the hot topic in Tuesday’s City Council meeting

At Tuesday’s San Angelo City Council meeting, council will hear an update on the activities of the West Texas Water Partnership, discuss possibly withdrawing the city’s application for with the Texas Water Development Board SWIFT funding application for direct potable water reuse project and discuss the calculation and utilization of San Angelo’s water supply.  

Council will first be given an update on the West Texas Water Partnership. In 2010, the cities of San Angelo, Midland and Abilene entered into an interlocal agreement to cooperatively search for and evaluate potential water supplies and to jointly secure supplies that meet current and future needs.

The engineering firm of Enprotec, Hibbs & Todd, Inc., based in Abilene, was chosen to lead this effort on behalf of the partnership.  Scott Hibbs, President of Enprotec, Hibbs & Todd, will provide an update on the actions of the partnership.

The next item on the agenda is discussion and possible action on withdrawing the Texas Water Development Board SWIFT funding application for the direct potable reuse project from consideration of 2016 funding

According to a memo to council from Water Utilities Director, Bill Riely, in December 2015, the City submitted an abridged application to the Texas Water Development Board  for SWIFT funding for a potential Direct Potable Reuse Project.

The TWDB accepted the application and invited San Angelo to submit a full application to be considered for funding. The full application was submitted on May 16, 2016. The applications are currently being reviewed by the TWDB. If funded, the City would need to make a decision whether or not to accept the funding by early October to avoid paying any fees to the TWDB.

Council will also possibly discuss the calculation and utilization of available water sources to meet current and future water demands in San Angelo.

The city’s main water source is water purchased from the Colorado River Municipal Water District  from Lake O.H. Ivie. According to a memo to council, the water levels in Lake O.H. Ivie have been low for some time.

The Hickory Groundwater Project is almost complete. Currently the city is using a minimal amount of water from the Hickory at approximately 1.5 million gallons per day. Council will look to see if using more of the Hickory groundwater would improve the available water supply.
The City’s Drought Conservation Plan implements different stages of drought levels based upon water supplies. This calculation takes into account the City of San Angelo’s current and available surface supplies coupled with the minimum daily Hickory Groundwater pumping.

The Colorado River Municipal Water District provides the number of remaining months for the City of San Angelo to continue bringing in water from O.H. Ivie. According to water utilities director Bill Riley, the calculation takes a conservative approach by assuming a “no-inflow” scenario and also utilizes monthly evaporation rates established by the Texas Water Development Board for the area.

The Water Advisory Board will be discussing the West Texas Water Partnership and the calculation and utilization of San Angelo’s water supply at their meeting Monday. Discussions and recommendations from the meeting will be presented to council Tuesday morning.

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