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City council in Odessa, Texas offered more than $38 million to boost production from Ward County well fields
12/1/2014 12:02:18 PM

Relief, Response & Restrictions
Water Supply & Quality
Odessa, TX
Ward County, TX

Start Date: 11/25/2014 - End Date: 2/25/2015
The Colorado River Municipal Water District board members turned down a $38 million offer by City of Odessa officials to increase production at the Ward County well fields. Odessa American (Texas), Feb. 25, 2015 The Odessa City Council decided to offer more than $38 million to the Colorado River Municipal Water District to increase the water production of the Ward County well fields to provide additional water to supplement surface water from reservoirs during times of drought. The city council would like to see well output increased from the current withdrawal rate of 45 million gallons daily to 65 million gallons daily. The mayor stated that the city’s water supply was a hindrance to luring businesses to Odessa. Odessa American (Texas), Nov. 26, 2014