Throckmorton Keeps Drought Restrictions

Even though Lake Throckmorton is at 100-percent capacity, the city is holding off on lowering drought restrictions.

It has been five years since the lake was full, but it took record breaking rainfall in May to make it happened.  Before all of the rain, crews were working for about one and a half months dredging the lake.

"Our lake was down to about six-percent," Mayor Will Carroll said.

In that short period of time, crews were able to complete approximately 35-percent of the project, which is already making a huge difference.

"Even though it was less than half, the capacity of the lake has increased by 70-million gallons," he said.

That increase in gallons did come at a cost.  Mayor Carroll estimates they spent $500,000, but he said it was worth every penny.  However, even though the lake is full, the city still has to haul water from Graham.

"We recently got a five year extension on that emergency contract," he said.

The contract states, if they go below stage four drought restrictions, which they are in right now, they can no longer get water from Graham.  So, while the lake is full, Throckmorton isn't in the position to use their own water. 

The problem is their water treatment plant.  It has not been up and running for three years.  Until it is working, the city will have to continue relying on Graham for water.

"We're in the process of doing everything that we need to do to get it back online and they graciously said that they would sell us water as long as we needed to, to get that done," Mayor Carroll said.

He said the plant should be working by the end of June.  So, it won't be long until Throckmorton can say the drought is over. 

However, they will still manage the lake the same way as before.  He explained if the lake levels drop to a point where they can continue dredging, city council members have already given the green light.  Mayor Carroll hopes that day will never come.

, Newschannel 6