Houston could seek water release from Lake Conroe

August 4, 2011 5:05:09 AM PDT
Houston may have to seek the release of up to 150 million gallons daily from Lake Conroe for the city's drinking water needs during the drought.

The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that the preliminary notification came this week to the San Jacinto River Authority. No formal request has been made.

Houston owns two-thirds of the reservoir's water rights. The river authority holds the rest. The additional water, through a dam release, would flow downstream to Lake Houston and feed the city's nearby water purification plant.

Lake Conroe's level Thursday was about 197 feet, or 4 feet below normal.

River authority official Jace Houston says the lowest the level has dropped is 5 feet below normal in 1989, the only other time Houston sought additional releases.

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