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Some West Texas counties could run out of water in 90 days

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POST, TX (KCBD) -

Many area towns are facing a critically low water supply.

An updated report released by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality shows various surrounding counties could be without water in 90 days or less.

The list we got from TCEQ shows numerous cities across the state that must limit water usage to avoid shortages.

The list ranges from voluntary compliance to no outdoor water usage at all. The city of Lubbock falls right in the middle.

"In the last year and a half, we went from stage one to stage three. And the water sales of the city fell off nearly a third," said Mayor of Post Archie Gill.

The low water supply that Gill talks about is worrying farmers and city officials across West Texas.

"We're going to try to get all the mayors of the towns together and try to work out something for the hard months like July and August because it's definitely going to be rough," Gill said.

Crosby County, Dickens County, Garza county, and Parmer County are all "priority three," meaning they could be without water in 90 days or less and all outdoor water usage is prohibited.

Lubbock falls under a "watch one," meaning it has greater than a 180 day supply of water remaining but use of water for non-essential uses is restricted.

Spokesperson for TCEQ Andrea Morrow says the list is based on the assumption that public water supplies do nothing about the shortage. She also says the systems are self-reported, meaning each area estimates itself and every system is different.

But Morrow encourages everyone to conserve the scarce resource.

"People need to be aware that water is a scarce resource and to treat it with respect. But they also need to understand that we're working closely with water systems to help them identify options," Morrow said.

Gill says Post is doing just that. He says the city of Post is in the process of filing paperwork with TCEQ to build a well. Gill says they have also replaced water with turf in many parts of the town and citizens are doing all that they can.

"They would love to see us get back to stage one too, where everybody could do what they wanted to with water because it's revenue lost and it's lost revenue that we'll never get back."

Click here to see a list of Texas cities facing water restrictions: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/drinkingwater/trot/droughtw.html

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