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Wichita Falls city officials consider tapping into Lake Texoma

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DENISON, TX -- Dwindling water supply in one North Texas town is pushing them to consider tapping into a local Texoma resource.

But with ongoing concerns of low lake levels, some Lake Texoma officials are fighting the idea. Wichita Falls city officials say every option they've considered for ending the drought has fallen short and now there's a possibility they will pull from Lake Texoma.

 "I don't that people should be worried about it," said Billy Williams with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

But Shelly Morgan with the Lake Texoma Association says they should.

"Texomans need to be concerned about the fact that we are in a drought,” she said, “we've been in a drought for about three years."

The Army Corp tells KTEN water is taken out of the lake in order to fit the surrounding public's need. They say awhile back they had plans to take out water in May, but because of the drought, there are no more plans on the horizon.

Morgan argues that if water is being conserved here, it shouldn't be going  to other towns.

"We're not in the same state as Wichita Falls,” said Morgan. ”We have choices still. We still have water, there's choices. There's opportunities for people to implement best practices to make sure that our water that is taken for granted right now is going to be there to sustain us in the long run for future generations."

Water taken from the lake could potentially be returned, as Wichita Falls officials say waste water will be treated and recycled for public use, which the Army Corp supports. 

"I'm certain that's a process that again is going on throughout the country, as water sources seem to be getting smaller and smaller,” says Williams.

But those city officials say the proposal is still only an idea.

"But that option is a long, it's a long term option,” said Russel SchrRussell Wichita Falls Public Works Director. “It would take ten to twelve years to get that water here."

Morgan says the association is trying the change the law that governs the lake- public law 100-71. She says there’s too much freedom given to those water users right now. 
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