CENTER, TX (KLTV) - Recent rainfall has generated major improvements in lake
levels, particularly at Lake Pinkston. Lake
Center, or Old City Lake, has been full for several months due to its very
shallow depth and minimal storage capacity.
Due to the dramatic rise in Lake Pinkston's water level over the last
several weeks, the City is able to suspend any drought and conservation
measures that have been in place since last Summer. "We are fortunate and
extremely grateful for the amount of rain we've received already this year and
hope it continues throughout the remainder of 2012," stated Mayor David
As a result of the gains in lake levels and rainfall totals
for the last three months, the trigger conditions of the City's Drought Plan
allow for the elimination of all drought contingency restrictions. Effective Monday, March 19th, it
is no longer necessary for the City to operate under any restrictions, either
mandatory or voluntary, within its Drought Contingency Plan.
While predictions are that overall drought conditions could
return this summer or last several more years, it remains important for
customers to be cognizant of their usage and conserve whenever possible. Additional strain was placed on the City's
water system with record consumption this year.
"The utility staff
has worked to prepare for the worst this Summer, but are optimistic because major
equipment repairs during the last year and the current lake levels have us in a
good position for this summer," said Chad Nehring, City Manager.
At this time, there are no limits on residential or business
use. Anyone with questions about water
availability, water quality or services, is encouraged to contact City Hall at