According to City of Altus Chief of Operations, Bob Stephenson, the City asked the Lugert Altus Irrigation District that a portion of the City’s water be added to the City Reservoir. This will be approximately 600 acre feet.
Stephenson said, “The reservoir level had gotten so low it would soon be impossible to draw any additional water in the event of another contingency. Additionally the quality had deteriorated significantly due to the effects of evaporation.”
The long process of adding the water began at around 11 a.m. yesterday. “There will be a minimum of 50 acre feet per day put in the reservoir,” Stephenson said, “and potentially, considerably more.” It will probably take eight to twelve days to fill, and will depend on the rate of flow.