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Drought Continues Depleting Texas Reservoirs

FORT WORTH (AP) – The severe Texas drought continues to affect reservoirs that supply water to scores of municipalities.

Some 96 percent of the state’s major reservoirs were below 60 percent capacity as of the end of October.

The Texas Water Development Board says that average is the lowest since the agency began keeping records in 1978.

The agency says water levels aren’t available for the other 4 percent because those reservoirs aren’t monitored.

Ten reservoirs are below 10 percent storage capacity. Five of those are all but empty — including Lake Meredith in the Panhandle.

Last month the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority near Amarillo voted to stop using Lake Meredith. Officials have said the lone remaining water supply is plentiful, but the peak demand may put stress on its delivery.

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