Tyler water diversion
POSTED: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 6:33pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 5:50pm
The drought continues across Texas, and some areas are in desperate need of water.
So, the state has ordered us to give them ours.
It’s a new power given to the state.If an older water authority needs water from a younger one, Austin can order it.
And there’s nothing we can do.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was given new power in the last legislature.
When there is a drought like the one we’re in, an older or senior water authority can ask for water from a younger one. And they can get it.
The recent rains we’ve gotten have been good for the local lakes. The trouble is, we don’t get to keep it. It all gets sent downstream.
In essence, the TCEQ gets a request from an older water authority like the ones in south Texas. They send a letter to a younger one like Tyler or the Upper Neches, and request that any excess from the date of the letter, has to be sent down stream.
There is, as we said no way to fight this, but Tyler will still ask for clarification from Austin.
And we want to know if the people who need our water, are using the same restrictions we are to conserve what they have.