Water continues to refill the City of Altus Reservoir since it began flowing in early Monday. According to Altus City Manager Elizabeth Gray, the City waits until the water level is below the intake pipe before requesting Lugert-Altus Irrigation District to release water in an effort not to waste any water. The City requested a release two weeks ago as a standard emergency supply and to possibly blend with water from Lake Tom Steed.
“We are putting water into the city reservoir to use as an alternative water source in case there is a flowage issue from Lake Tom Steed,” Gray said in an interview. “Water Superintendent, Gene Leister, is currently conducting tests to see how much water can be blended with Tom Steed water for optimal water usage and hopefully slow the usage of water from Steed Lake.”
The last release was in July, 2013. At that time fish had traveled along the water through the irrigation canal and could be seen pooling near the entry point. This time there are no visible fish.