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LUBBOCK, Texas -- A groundwater supply project which will entail the purchase of 42,765 acre-feet of underground water rights in Hutchinson and Roberts Counties has been approved by the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority and its eleven member cities.
According to water authority officials, the $81-million Conjunctive Use Groundwater Supply Project will assure future supplies of water to Lubbock and the ten other member cities.
Water rights have been purchased on land north of Pampa from Quixx Corporation, a subsidiary of Southwestern Public Service Company. A well field capable of producing 40,000 acre feet to 50,000 acre feet per year is already under construction on the site.
Plans for construction also include a 35-mile aqueduct to bring water from the well field to existing aqueducts belonging to the authority, where it will be blended with water from Lake Meredith.
Construction of project facilities will be financed by the sale of revenue bonds and by funds to be advanced by the cities, at a total estimated cost of $62 million.
The Groundwater Supply Project is expected to be completed and in operation by the end of 1999.
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