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Most precious resource deserves our full attention
by Chip Latcham
Aug 15, 2012 | 582 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We’ll admit we are among those who became apprehensive upon hearing talk that Beeville was down to about a 40-day supply of water.

With today’s front-page story, we’re relieved to learn from engineer Jim Urban and other authorities that Beeville is not going dry. They believe there’s enough water in Choke Canyon to last two years and the City of Corpus Christi will honor its commitments to provide our water supply from Lake Corpus Christi.

Even though El Niño has been forecast to break the drought and provide some badly needed rains to our lakes, fields and pastures this fall/winter, we join those officials in encouraging the Beeville Water Supply District and City Council to take the necessary steps to ensure we have an adequate supply not just for today, but for the future of our growing community.

Urban said Beeville needs to arrange for alternate water supplies in the event of a problem with the surface water system. That means depending on ground water (wells) for backup.

BWSD President Jim Crumrine said only two or three of the original five city water wells are operational now. Let’s fix this problem immediately so we can blend water to meet our needs, when necessary, or have to rely on the wells in an emergency.

Another fix Beeville must address is the leaky pipeline between Swinney Switch and the city’s storage tanks. That has been a significant, extremely wasteful problem for years, which we have mentioned numerous times. We urge city planners who have been studying the situation to find a solution soon.

Water officials have been considering the cost of moving our intake structure deeper into the lake and have made several expensive improvements at the Morrill plant to send more treated water to this city, and for that we commend them.

However, as they pointed out, the increase in oil field activities in the Beeville area has raised the city’s water usage by about a million gallons a day. The Eagle Ford Shale boom is not going to disappear tomorrow. This needs to be our No. 1 priority.

– Chip Latcham
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