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State Imposing Water Restrictions in Brazos River Basin

The renewed drought has prompted state officials to start restricting consumption of surface water produced in the Brazos River Basin. A letter from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality does not yet apply to municipal users that include the Wellborn utility district. But District Manager Stephen Cast says without ample rain over the winter, it could happen next summer.

StephenCast121812.mp3WTAW’s Bill Oliver visits with Stephen Cast.

About half the water used by the Wellborn district’s 6,500 customers comes down the Navasota River from Lake Limestone. Cast says during the drought the summer before last, customers voluntarily conserved enough water to avoid mandatory cutbacks.

More from the Associated Press:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ State environmental regulators are tightening the screws on water diversions in the Brazos River Basin as the drought worsens in Central Texas and the river’s headwaters.

The move by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality affects mainly those who use river water for irrigation or to water stock. The commission said in a Monday statement that it sent letters Friday to some junior water rights holders that their rights to Brazos water may be suspended or decreased if they don’t act significantly to conserve.

On Nov. 19, the commission ordered that water rights be suspended for users of Brazos River water downstream from Possum Kingdom Lake with rights dating as far back as 1942. Exempted from the suspension were municipal, domestic and power generation users.

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Posted by on Dec 19 2012. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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