More than half of the state of Texas is considered to be in a severe drought. Abilene is no exception.
Chris Wingert works for the West Central Texas Municipal Water District. He said this is one of the worst droughts Texas has ever seen.
“We have been on a steady decline with the exception of four foot of inflow last year and that’s what we have been living off of this year,” said Wingert. “But that has since come and gone. Right now we are setting a new record low every day.”
The three major sources of water for our area are Lake Fort Phantom Hill, Lake O.H. Ivey, and Hubbard Creek Reservoir. Lake Fort Phantom Hill is the fullest out of the three but it’s still more than half empty. Hubbard Creek nearly 80 percent empty and Lake Ivey is close to 90 percent empty.
“We are in stage one of our drought contingency plane we are anticipating possible moving into stage two by July if conditions continue,” said Wingert.
Wingert said we have to focus on limiting our usage now.
“A friend of mine told me one time that we are one day closer to the end of the drought and I don’t know when that day will be,” said Wingert. “It could be tomorrow, it could be a year from now it could be three years from now God forbid.”
No one is for sure when our next big rain fall will come but Wingert said he’ll keep praying every day until it comes