Waco's water supply lessens threat of drought

POSTED: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 4:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- In a time when most of Texas is lacking water. Waco remains stable throughout extreme conditions.

City of Waco's Larry Holze said the water supply isn't of concern.

"We have a capacity really to, to provide a lot of water. An enviable type of problem that a lot of cities in Texas cannot do," said Larry Holze.

Holze said though the water supply in Waco is substantial. The city still urges everyone to continue to monitor their use of water.

"Saying that, we do feel very sensitive to let people know we do need to respect the fact that water is a very valuable, commodity," said Holze.

Even though officials aren't worried about Waco's water supply. It's the surrounding communities that are of most concern.

Waco Fire Marshal, Jerry Hawk, said the areas with the biggest threat, lie outside of Waco's city limits.

"It's those outlying areas where the wildfire conditions are, high now, and where the city meets that, that's where we're concerned," said Hawk.

With help from Waco, these towns can feel a bit of relief.

"We now provide water to cities of West, north of us, we are the backup supply for Hewitt, Woodway, and a lot of the smaller communities within the areas," said Holze.

Through years of planning, Holze said the city of Waco has an estimated water supply that could last 40 to 50 years.

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