Duncan: Area needs answers on root causes of water woes

State Sen. Robert Duncan, speaking to the Plainview Rotary Club on Tuesday, said the region’s water problems can’t be solved until we find out what’s causing them.

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In the 1950s, Plainview, Lubbock and other cities joined together to create the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority, which Duncan called a wise move. CRMWA created Lake Meredith as a water supply, but it has not been yielding like it’s designed to, Duncan said. This could be due to a number of factors, such as water being diverted in New Mexico, changes in typography or an outbreak of salt cedar trees that soak up large amounts of water.

The state has appropriated money to Texas Tech University to research reasons for this problem.

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