By TODD GLASSCOCK
PALO PINTO COUNTY – Green lawns and fields might show a benefit of recent rains, but those rains haven’t doused area watersheds enough to push lake shores back to pre-drought levels, and this lack has some area officials showing concern over their communities’ water supplies.
In Gordon, city-owned lakes C.B. Long and Gordon are currently at levels – while below normal – that do not threaten water supply, as long as rains keep up and conservation efforts continue, said Gordon mayor Jack Coleman.
“It’s low,” he said of the lake levels. “We’re at a level we haven’t been at in a long, long time.” He said he put a sign up in town reminding people to conserve water so supplies do not dwindle.
“We want people to realize there is a shortage,” he said, “but we have water and we are pursuing every avenue we can.”
One plan to keep the water flowing is combining the water from both lakes, he said.
C.B. Long is the primary supply source for Gordon, Mingus and outlying areas, he said. Gordon Lake is older, but the filter system is older for it, too, which makes filtering harder when its water is used alone.
A recent rain raised C.B. Long about a foot, he said. These kinds of rains help, but as the weather dries and heats up for long periods, then the levels fall. He said fires in the area may also drain supply.
The city, along with Mingus, is also awaiting paperwork to begin a plan to share water with Lake Palo Pinto and with Strawn, should the need arise, said city secretary Barbara Epperson, Gordon city secretary.
There are no plans, however, to truck water in from another source, she said. “We’re not desperate.”