- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - City officials in Abilene who are contending with dwindling water supplies want to broaden their access to available water through an agreement with the Brazos River Authority.

The authority in a statement Friday said Abilene officials previously approached the agency about obtaining additional water from its reserves. Two of Abilene’s primary sources of water are less than 20 percent full because of the lingering drought while a third is at 35 percent capacity.

Abilene wants to secure about 4,000 acre-feet of water per year from the authority. One acre-foot equals 325,851 gallons.

Plans call for the city to draw from an 80-mile pipeline that runs from Possum Kingdom Lake westward. Accessing the water will require modifications to the pipeline so officials are researching costs and a course of action.

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