Conservation restrictions lifted

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Water is coming in by the buckets and Laguna Madre is no longer in water conservation mode. That’s the message from officials at the Laguna Madre Water District.

Water levels of U.S water stored in Amistad and Falcon Reservoirs are currently hovering around 55 percent. Levels over 50 percent release residents from voluntary conservation. At the end of June, reports displayed a level of 55 percent.  Though the reports for the month of July will not be released until about August 10,  Carlos Galvan, general manager of the Laguna Madre Water District says, “The levels for the month of July should be close to 58 percent so the voluntary measures are no longer required.”

Residents may be wondering why water pressure has been so low if the water supply is so high. Galvan explained that one of the microfiltration modules experienced a leak over the weekend which eventually lead to a high pressure build up and caused a pipe to burst, which put the water pumping behind. “The LMWD operates using only four microfiltration modules, so when one goes out not only does it push the other three modules into overdrive, but it also leaves the damaged module to be ran manually.”

The pipe itself is fixed, however the electrical components will not be installed until Friday. The District is already planning for next summer Galvan continues, “We are planning on getting two more modules by next summer so there will be a sufficient supply to fuel the demand.”

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