Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014 10:58 pm
LAKE CONROE – The San Jacinto River Authority will conduct a feasibility study to determine where it will place its Catahoula water well.
While the SJRA has shown interest in positioning the well near Entergy’s Lewis Creek power station, the utility company might connect two to three municipal utility districts in the area, SJRA General Manager Jace Houston said at Thursday’s SJRA board meeting.
The Lake Creek Reservoir is located on Lake Conroe just north of FM 1097.
“We’ll look at the cost of connecting two or three MUDs and see how financially feasible they can be,” Houston said.
Catahoula wells being drilled are classified as providing an alternative water source from the Evangeline and Jasper aquifers for the water suppliers around Southeast Texas.
The study is expected is take six to nine months, Houston said.
Drought contingency plan:
The SJRA has until May 1 to submit its revised Drought Contingency and Water Conservation plans to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The SJRA board approved a four-step contingency plan.
Stage 1: A 5 percent reduction in water use is activated when the lake level drops to 199 feet at sea level.
Stage 2: Also known as moderate drought conditions, it brings a 5 percent reduction in the winter months of October through March. There is at least a 10 percent reduction in the summer when the Lake Conroe level drops below 197 msl.
Stage 3: A 10 percent reduction in winter and 20 percent reduction in summer months. Mean sea level falls below 194 msl.
Stage 4: A reduction of 15 percent in the winter and 30 percent during the summer months are required when water depth falls below 190.
Water conservation includes the plans already in use by the residents around Lake Conroe.