Water is transported from area lakes through underground raw water transmission lines to treatment facilities. Current raw water delivery to the treatment plants has a firm capacity of 60 million gallons daily (MGD).
Fort Phantom Hill
A pump station located on the eastern bank of Fort Phantom Hill Lake pumps water from 40 feet below the surface. Four electric pumps deliver the water through two 45-inch lines to Northeast Treatment Plant and Grimes Treatment Plant.
Hubbard Creek Reservoir
A delivery system consisting of two parallel pipe lines can provide up to 30 MGD to the Northeast Water Treatment Plant and the Grimes Water Treatment Plant.
O.H. Ivie Reservoir
The City of Abilene is a contract customer of the Colorado River Municipal Water District for water out of O.H. Ivie Reservoir. A pump station and distribution pipeline bring raw water from O.H. Ivie Reservoir into the Hargesheimer Water Treatment Plant just to the south of Abilene on Highway 84. O.H. Ivie delivers 12 MGD.
Possum Kingdom Lake
In 2014, the City of Abilene began construction on a distribution pipeline and raw water treatment facility to begin utilizing raw water from Possum Kingdom Lake. During times of significant drought, Abilene will have the option to withdraw water from Possum Kingdom and deliver it to a raw water roughing facility located in Breckenridge, Texas. The roughing facility will significantly reduce the total dissolved solids (TDS) and the chlorides (or salt content) of the raw water. This raw water can then be sent to Abilene through the existing raw water delivery system from Hubbard Creek Reservoir.
Lake Kirby is made up of raw water from storm water runoff as well as effluent water that is pumped in from the Hamby Water Reclamation Plant. Water from Kirby is made available to 24 contract customers. This includes:
- 2 school districts
- 3 universities
- 6 golf courses
- Other landscape irrigation customers
Clear Fork of the Brazos
A large pump station on the banks of the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, near Fort Phantom Hill Lake allows up to 650 MGD to be pumped into Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Pumping begins under selected volume and quality conditions.