Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD) John Grant said the inflow to the reservoirs has provided relief for water supplies, but said in a press release that customers should remember that the region is still under drought conditions. According to the latest map, Scurry County is listed in an extreme drought stage.
Grant said the district would continue to evaluate inflow over the next few weeks to determine if water deliveries can be modified.
"We need to inspect and repair some of the temporary facilities constructed in the lake basins to pump water back to the main pump station," Grant said, noting the pipeline and pump station in the E.V. Spence system has not been used since August 2011.
O.H. Ivie Reservoir, which stood at just 11 percent full last week, received an inflow 77,000 acre feet of water to begin the week at 25 percent full, with 141,000 acre feet. It is Ivie's highest total volume since June 2011.
E.V. Spence Reservoir, which was taken offline as a water source by CRMWD, rose 21.4 feet and gained some 20,496 acre feet of water. It is now 4.5 percent full with 21,470 acre feet of water, its highest level since November 2010.
While Lake J.B. Thomas received 5.2 inches of rain, it rose just 3.1 feet. However, the lake nearly doubled its volume, growing to 1,970 acre feet of water. Lake Thomas, like Spence, has been taken offline.
Aside from Ivie, Snyder will soon receive water from wells the CRMWD owns in Ward County. The pipeline connecting those wells to the district's distribution lines is 85 percent complete.
The district began drilling 21 new wells in north Ward County earlier this year, and a network of pipelines will connect the new wells with existing wells, able to produce 45 million gallons per day (mgd).
Also in the mix will be treated wastewater from the $13 million Big Spring reclamation plant. That wastewater will be mixed with lake and pipeline water after being treated, then will be treated again at the city's water plant. That plant will be completed in the first quarter of 2013, according to CRMWD assistant general manager Mitch Holmes. Snyder also may use old wells that were recently updated by the district -- which will produce about 700,000 gallons -- at its discretion.
Snyder was once again at its use limit last week, consuming an average 1.8 mgd.
During the peak day, Snyder used 2.3 million gallons.