The State of Texas gave the City of San Angelo the go-ahead to start using a resource that is currently being built, before construction is even complete. The Hickory Aquifer was not said to be online for use until November or so, but with the current drought situation the Water Utilities Department asked for special permission and it was granted.
Kevin Krueger, the assistant director of the department said, "There's a blend ratio of 5 to 1, so for example, if we were using 12 million gallons a day total water, then we can blend in 2 million gallons."
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) fulfilled the Water Utilities Request to allow blending the Hickory with the surface water from sources: Ivie, and the remainder of Twin Buttes. Being able to mix, takes away from the amount of lake water we use everyday.
"They've given us approval to blend the water, prior to the ground water treatment plant," Krueger said.
Currently, construction workers are currently working to add twelve more tanks to the already nine standing. The water is pulled about sixty-two miles from the Hickory and is treated for radium and iron at the Water Treatment Plant.
San Angelo has only received a little over one-tenth of an inch of rain this year.
"It gives us another resource to help medigate the effects of the drought."