West Texas Water Partnership

West Texas Water Partnership

MIDLAND – The Cities of Midland, Abilene and San Angelo have formed the West Texas Water Partnership, a coalition addressing long-term water needs of the region. The municipalities will share costs and combine efforts to find enough drinking water.

“Nowhere else in the state are cities combining their resources to find a regional solution to their future water needs,” said Leah Mazzarelli, City of Abilene communications and media relations manager. City managers from each community jointly signed the same contract after their respective city council’s approval.

In Midland, a public-private partnership has begun delivering about 20 million gallons of water daily to 50,000 homes.

The City of Midland worked with the Midland County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1 to develop the $200 million T-Bar Ranch water pipeline, which is estimated to provide 40 years of water. The district’s next project, the $30 million ClearWater Ranch water pipeline, merges with T-Bar’s water to give the distant water supply better quality and additional years of life.

In San Angelo, the $120 million Hickory Well Field provides 9 million gallons daily.

The City of Abilene signed a letter of intent to share existing and to-be-developed water supplies as part of the partnership.

The Abilene City Council has approved $17.25 million for phase 2 of the Hamby Wastewater Treatment Plant project. The council previously authorized $41.4 million for phase 1 of the project which began in December 2013.

The Cedar Ridge Reservoir project, located at a site 40 miles north of Abilene, could hold as much as 74 billion gallons of water. The reservoir, with a dam beside the Brazos River, could provide water for the Abilene region for 100 years.

The reservoir will provide 23,380 acre-feet per year of water starting in 2020, but the City of Abilene is still in the process of getting the required permits for Cedar Ridge.

Read more at the Midland Reporter-Telegram and the Abilene Reporter-News.

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