SNYDER The City of Snyder has formulated a plan of action to prevent a possible water shortage in response to a report by the Mountain Park Conservancy District about continued declining water levels in Tom Steed Reservoir, which is the city's primary water source.
Snyder Mayor Stanley Moddie said the city's plan of action includes the implementation of water rationing/conservation policies, if necessary.
Water-use restrictions had been implemented by the city during the summer months which set permitted days for watering in various parts of the city, and also prohibited the use of water to fill swimming pools within the city limits. Those restrictions were canceled as of Sept. 17 after it was determined that water supplies were at least adequate at that time.
The plan of action was approved by council members during their monthly business meeting Oct. 15. That plan of action was devised in response to continued declining lake water levels.
In June, the city entered a standby agreement for use of water from the McLaury Wells of Rural Water District No. 1 in Comanche County. Moddie said the City of Snyder had been using this well water to supplement lake water in an effort to prevent the city from exceeding its allocation of lake water from Tom Steed Reservoir - which is set at 600,000 gallons per day. Moddie said the city is currently upgrading equipment for the operation of the wells along with a chloride feed system at the entry of the city's distribution system. Other cities whose water is supplied by Tom Steed Reservoir include Altus and Frederick.