Pumping Petition

- HUTCHINSON COUNTY: An online petition hopes to pump the brakes on pumping from Lake Meredith.

The petition, called Save Lake Meredith, aims to delay pumping from the lake until it reaches at least 60 feet.

It currently has more than 500 signatures, which is a long way off from their goal of 10,000.

The petition comes after pumping resumed at the lake earlier this month, after lake levels topped 40 feet for the first time in a couple years.
The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously to resume pumping at a rate of 10 million gallons per day.

Again, the group wants no pumping until the lake reaches 60 feet, and asks that the lake not be pumped below 50 feet. But the problem is 50 feet is a level that hasn't reached for several years, and at it's current level CRMWA is obligated to pump.

"The reason this reservoir, and all reservoirs worldwide are built is for water supply during times of drought," said CRMWA General Manager Kent Satterwhite. "If the rivers ran constantly all the time you wouldn't need these reservoirs you'd just drop a pipe into the river and pump it out."

Satterwhite says pumping will continue through September, and is expected to lower the lake no more than one foot.

To check out the petition, click here.

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