“We just keep hoping for rain,” says Garcia.
The capacity of the reservoir varies from time to time, but as of the middle of May, we’re at about twenty two percent full. Chris Wingert works for the West Texas Municipal Water District.
“It’s a pretty good size lake out here, but unfortunately we haven’t received a good amount of inflow since 2007. Mother nature just hasn’t given us the rain that you usually expect,” says Wingert.
At the pump station, you’ll find several different pumps, each one going to a different city. Hubbard creek brings water to the cities of Anson, Albany, Breckenridge, and Abilene. Back in the 1990’s Hubbard Creek was a popular place, especially over the weekend. Customers would walk down the boat ramp and head out to fishing tournaments. Now it’s a much different situation. According to Wingert the earth goes through a different cycle about every seven years. Meaning, periods of drought and periods of rain.
“A friend of mine used to tell me we’re one day closer to the end of the drought, the odds are in our favor” mentions Wingert.
Meanwhile, Garcia is trying to stay hopeful.
“It hurts not just us but all of the fishing tournaments that aren’t here in town, the restaurants, the motels, the gas stations, everyone.
Wingert is afraid the drought is moving west.
“If it keeps declining we’ll have to look at what we call a pump back to pump the water back to the intake,” says Wingert.
Just in case, Wingert also says money is being saved.
“We still have sales, so thankful for that. Business is still here,” says Garcia.
Trying to stay a float just long enough to see and hear the sound of change.
With an El Nino forecast we might be able to break the cycle this summer. According to Wingert, an exact timetable is hard to pin down, but if the drought continues we should be able to use the waterway for at least another year or two.