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Knox County To Start New Cloud Seeding Contract

One Texoma town is giving cloud seeding another chance, as its water source reaches an all time low.  The Miller Creek Reservoir in Knox County is sitting at 6.9 percent capacity.

“We've done real well at conserving water here in Knox City but it's getting down to a pretty serious water shortage,” said Sam Watson, City Administrator of Knox City.

Knox City leaders said the dwindling water supply is one reason why the town decided to move forward with cloud seeding this year.  Knox County and six other surrounding counties are all pitching in to make cloud seeding possible and affordable.

Those counties include: Haskell, Stonewall, part of Jones, Nolan, Fisher and Scurry.  Knox City leaders said cloud seeding is also under consideration in Baylor County.

The cloud seeding contract will run from April through August. And with more counties joining in the program, city costs are decreasing significantly.

Knox City official's project their portion spent for cloud seeding will come out to roughly $950 per month. The town's total expense will not exceed $5,000 for the duration of the contract.

Knox County participated in cloud seeding operations in 2014. Watson said those operations increased rainfall by more than five percent. This year, those cloud seeding operations will get underway several months earlier than last year.

“I think it's good for our economy to try and get as much water as possible for the farmers and recharge our aquifer,” said Watson.

Knox County is agriculturally based, that's why Watson said it's his job as a city leader to try everything he can to keep his town running.

 “Everybody is getting very anxious on the water situation and its state wide so I think everyone is trying to do as much as they can,” said Watson.

The city is also hoping to get two new water wells online. Those wells are 95 percent complete, and will provide the city with an additional water source. The wells would be a water source that will be more reliable than the Miller Creek Reservoir, according to Watson.

 The TCEQ received well testing data on that project Monday.

Knox County's last day of water or "drop dead date" has been pushed back to the end of August. But with summer months approaching, that date could change, according to Watson.

Brittany Costello, Newschannel 6

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