Drought Overview

Water In West Texas

While wells can be found in and around Midland for residents, the vast majority of Midland's water comes from surface water, ground water, and reclaimed water.  Our surface water sources include Lake J. B. Thomas, E. V. Spence Reservoir, and O. H. Ivie Reservoir.  Our ground water sources include the Paul Davis Well Field, the T-Bar Well Field and the Ward County North Well Field.  The Colorado Municipal Water District has our raw water production facility and it is the first of its kind in the country.

Drought Monitoring for Texas

We will keep track of the drought conditions on a monthly basis.  We get our information from the US Drought Monitor website.  As of March 22nd, 2022, Midland County is in a split between a D3 Extreme Drought status and a D4 Exceptional Drought status, with very little of the county in a D2 Severe Drought status.  

According to Anthony Franze, NewsWest9 Chief Meteorologist, March 24th, 2022, was the 219th day without at least .10" of an inch of rain recorded at Midland International Airport. He says that is the 2nd longest stretch ever.

Texas Watersheds

A watershed is an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas.  As you can see, Midland County is in the Colorado River Watershed.  


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