What's the need?


With its naturally dry conditions and an annual rainfall that amounts to one-third of Houston’s, West Texas has always made water conservation a priority. With recent, historic drought conditions and a growing population, our communities working together to develop long-term water management strategies has become increasingly important.

2012 Texas Water Plan Revelations

To facilitate development of the Texas Water Plan, the State of Texas has created 16 regional water groups. Abilene, Midland and San Angelo are in Regions F and G.

Region F shows that the deficit in 2060 would be 219,995 acre-feet of water if nothing were done to increase the supply.

Region G shows that the 2060 deficit would be 390,732 acre-feet.

Steam generation and irrigation are two usages for which water needs are showing early shortages -- and more will follow. West Texas cities are busy with further development of both local surface and groundwater supplies, but these alone will not resolve the shortages identified in the 2012 Texas Water Plan.

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Dwindling Supply & Increasing Demand

Of the state’s 115 major water supply reservoirs, 13 were at or below 10% full as of December 2013. Lower than average rainfall and escalating water demand (due to the increasing population) have both contributed to extreme water shortages in West Texas reservoirs. Currently, water levels of the major local reservoirs fall severely below capacity:

E.V. Spence Reservoir: 9.6% Full

O.H. Ivie Reservoir: 12.5% Full*

Twin Buttes Reservoir: 5.2% Full

O.C. Fisher Reservoir: 16.3% Full

  • *John Grant, general manager of the Colorado River Municipal Water District, has predicted the level of Ivie Reservoir will, by the summer of 2018, be at dead pool storage, meaning it is too low to continue pumping water from the lake.

Rainfall & water figures for the City of Midland.

8.51 inches Inches of rainfall in 2013

6 inches Inches below expected amount of rainfall

4 inches Inches below rainfall in 2012

101,201 acre-feet Total current water storage by CRMWD

159,876 acre-feet Total previous year’s water storage by CRMWD

11,536,000 acre-feet Average Midland daily water usage in December 2013

90,224 Increase in Midland County population from 1950 to 2000

Rainfall & water figures for the City of San Angelo

26.78 inches of rainfall in San Angelo in 2015, compared to average rainfall of 21.25 inches

29 months Approximate length of time available water supply for San Angelo will last, assuming no rainfall or runoff

13% Current capacity of San Angelo's primary water source, O.H. Ivie Reservoir

Trace amounts of rainfall in 2014

9 million gallons per day The amount of water the Hickory Aquifer will provide when it comes online this fall

10 million gallons per day Approximate wintertime water usage with few restrictions

30 million gallons per day Approximate water usage during the summertime with few to no restrictions

95 gallons per day Daily per captia water use compared to statewide average of 167 gallons

65 gallons per day Daily per capita residential water use compared to statewide average of 85 gallons

Rainfall & water figures for the City of Abilene

22.67 inches The number of inches of rain Abilene received in 2013

Water usage over the past few years.

  • San Angelo reduced its water usage by 570 million gallons, or 11% in 2013 compared to 2012.
  • Midland reduced city-supplied water consumption by 35% between FY 2010-11 and FY 2011-12.