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Bowie Drought Contingency Plan Adopted; Excess Water

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In North Texas some may consider the city of Bowie, the land of plenty when talking about water.

However, the city is not taking the drought lightly. Tuesday, the city council adopted a new water conservation and contingency plan. The new plan expands its old plan from four stages to five and would enter into stage three at 909 square acres versus 908, giving the city one surplus foot of water.

The city is only in stage two of its drought contingency plan, whereas nearby cities are in dire need of water.

Jerry Sutton, Chief Plant Operator of the city’s water treatment facility says while Bowie may be in a better situation in regards to the drought his team of workers are not taking it lightly. Taking every precaution necessary to maintain its water supply.

"Water leaks right now are a top priority. As soon as they are reported the guys are on it," said Sutton.

Bowie relies on its own water supply. The Amon G. Carter Lake is the city’s main water source. Sutton said, at capacity the lake can hold about 1.6 billion gallons of water. A lot for a town that uses an average of 600,000 gallons of water per day.  

"We're the only town that draws off our lake, unlike Wichita Falls. They have numerous towns that draw off its watershed," said Sutton.  

When asked, why Bowie is taking necessary precautions when its drought situation is a lot better than others.

"We're still taking precautions because we’re not  guaranteed any rain. So we're just making sure, we do everything to the best of our ability to save every drop of water we can,” said Sutton.

Sutton said the city implemented stage two drought restrictions two months ago, in preparation for the scorching summer months ahead.

"Summer time that's the kicker. We'll run anywhere from 1million to 1.3 million. So right now, hopefully we can catch a lot more rain and we won't get down to anymore stages," said Sutton.

He also said a little help from residents is always a plus.

"Some citizens are calling to make sure about the soaker hoses, because soaker hoses are a real water saver, but it still falls under our drought contingency plan,” said Sutton.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6