In a recent interview with WATRnews.com reporter Hugh Wynn, Emmett Autrey, the Director of Utilities for the City of Amarillo took the opportunity to show off a wooden pipe that workers ran across by accident during a utility excavation in the western part of Amarillo. This historic pipe was made out of Cypresswood and could have been used 150 to 200 years ago.
Mr. Autrey also discussed the Amarillo water supply, including the lack of surface water in Lake Meredith and how the City will be dependent on groundwater.
“The City of Amarillo is in very good shape”, Audrey says. “The city owns half a million acre feet of water rights in the area”, including a conjunctive use project between the City of Amarillo and the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority (CRMWA). The Conjunctive Use Groundwater Supply Project developed by the CRMWA consists of a field of 28 wells — expandable at a later date to as many as 45 wells — located in western Roberts and eastern Hutchinson counties in the Texas Panhandle. “We’re just thankful that CRMWA had the foresight to go to conjunctive use” because without it “we would have a very serious [water supply] situation” explained Autrey.