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Megargel Struggles with Water Woes

A Texoma town forgoes plans to build a pipeline to bring them more water and is looking to the Lord in hopes of ending this drought.

A Texoma town forgoes plans to build a pipeline to bring them more water and is looking to the Lord in hopes of ending this drought.

For months Megargel has been negotiating plans for Baylor Water Supply to create a pipeline from Seymour to bring them water, but city officials say the deal wasn't good enough to move forward. 

I think it's very scary, the small towns are running out of water,” said Megargel resident Pamela Howe.

We've been in Stage 3 for at least two years maybe three and it's just no outside watering at all, no filling up of pools, nothing,” said Kimberli Cuba, Megargel's city spokesperson.

That's because the towns only source of water keeps falling lower.

Megargel's city lake has the capacity of 18 feet but the city operations manager says it's just shy of that by 12 ft..

For several months city officials were negotiating plans to create a water pipeline from Seymour to bring more water to its residents, but have now decided the $300 per month contract with the Baylor water supply for 20 years was too much, even with lake levels continuing to fall.

Because it locked us in for twenty years, it only gave us 25,000 gallons of water a day, which most of the time we stay underneath that but if we were to ever go over that was a concern,” said Cuba.

So now, there is only one way to fill up this lake.

Without rain we are never going to get out of this drought,” said Glenn Gleghorn, another Megargel city resident.

I just believe in the power of prayer and everyone needs to get on their knees and pray for water,” said Howe.

A prayer not only Megargel is waiting to be answered, but all of Texoma.

Megargel city officials say they are discussing applying for a state grant to dredge the city lake, but that would only allow for more the lake to hold more water, once it rains.


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