Initial reports state that the city would lose water by July of 2014, according to city manager Andy McCuistion. With the help of Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd, Inc., McCuistion believes they can last with enough water until 2015.
On a January 6th meeting, the Breckenridge City Commission signed approval for engineers to begin the project to take water from both lakes and blend them in a water plant. The city received more than $2.3 million in loans from the Texas Water Development to assist with the project.
The new project is expected to begin within six to eight months which will take the surface water from Lake Daniels where the quality is the highest.
Besides the Lake Daniels project, McCuistion says they will use one-million dollars of the loan to fix water pipes damaged by the winter storm in December and develop a water model study.
According to Texas Park & Wildlife, the current lake level for Hubbard Creek Reservoir is 24 percent. Lake Daniels which is owned by Breckenridge and stopped pulling water because of low levels years ago is at 23 percent.
Lake levels are so low that the city is urging residents to conserve water wisely. If the level drops five feet, the city will move to stage 3 and prohibit outdoor watering, McCuistion says.
Breckenridge already uses around 10 percent of the water in the Hubbard Creek Reservoir. They share the reservoir with Albany, Anson and Abilene.
McCuistion further states that their long term plan is to hopefully gain water rights from Possum Kingdom Lake if it's available in 2015.