Other than the short burst of rain that made an appearance during last weekend’s Funtastic Fourth event, Howard County hasn’t seen much rain this year. This West Texas drought has gone beyond affecting Howard County residents, farms, and ranches, it’s also affecting Big Spring’s namesake, the Historic Spring.
According to Hayley Herrera, Interim Community Services Director for the City of Big Spring, the Spring area is still currently open, however, the pumps that keep the Spring flowing have been turned off.
"The reason why we turned off the pump is because the lake is so low due to the drought that the intake hose that's in the water was almost completely out of the water, so we turned the motor off for preventative measures," said Herrera.
She also went on to say that if the pump was to be left on it could damage the motor, which could result in needing to purchase a new pump that could cost up to $75,000.
Herrera stated that Comanche Trail Lake has always had water in it and she feels that once the spring is refreshed with a good rain, the water level will rise and pump will be turned on again to allow the spring to flow.
Photo - Historic Spring currently as a result of drought conditions.