The Texas Water Shortage.

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Recently the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority voted to reduce the allocation of Lake Meredith's water to Lubbock and its other member cities by 5 percent. City water utility engineer Ches Carthel said "the city typically uses 90 percent to 95 percent of its CRMWA allocation anyway, so the cut does not appear too serious from one point of view." However, because Lake Meredith is in serious drought, the lake level has reached a record low of 63.05 feet deep and only 11 more feet away from reaching the point where the pumps will cease to pump. Carthel then replied, "Getting 95 percent of an allocation is not serious, but getting 0 percent would be." Every day about 35-to-40 million gallons of water is pumped from Lake Meredith to Lubbock's water plant and then from the plant to your home. If it ever gets too the point where the lake starts pumping less than that or none at all, every person, plant and animal will feel the effects"(Lubbock Avalanche Journal 10-17-03).

Losing a primary water source, for any place, is one problem with no solutions in sight because nothing can replace water. Although many people believe that if Lubbock were to run out of water, nothing could replace it, most would be surprised to learn that there are many suggestions being looked at as an alternative source.

Many complications seem to prohibit Lubbock from finding one solution to the future loss of water and sticking to it. After three years of drought City Councilman Tom Martin said "Quite frankly, it's going to take four hurricanes parking over the Texas Panhandle to be able to fill Lake Meredith back up." Another aspect of this problem that makes it difficult to solve is that the population of Lubbock alone is...