Allen water supply affected by zebra mussels

September 2, 2012 by  

The water supply to over 1.6 million customers in 13 cities including Allen, Texas could be affected by zebra mussels. On April 3 2009, zebra mussels were discovered in Lake Texoma, which meant that the North Texas Municipal Water District would not be able to pump water from the lake if it wanted to remain compliant with the Lacey Act. Sen. John Cornyn met with the water district on August 24 to discuss possible solutions.

According to the federal law, invasive species (which in this case refers to the zebra mussel) cannot be moved across state lines. The pump station is situated partially in Oklahoma and, as it has been redundant for the last three years, difficulties in meeting customer demand have arisen for the North Texas Municipal Water District.

The U. S. Senate has agreed to support the water district in the fight against the problem, prompting Cornyn’s recent visit. The executive director of the North Texas Municipal Water District, Jim Parks stated that around a quarter of its water supply is sourced from Lake Texoma, which means that the source is crucial if they are to provide a sustainable service to customers. Parks believes that legislation exempting the water district from the Act would be the best solution. However, the senator suggested a ‘hotline’ bill, which could be passed unanimously unless there are any objections raised.

Until a suitable solution is found, local flyer printing services may be utilized to provide advice to local residents for saving water. Cornyn pledged his support to the water district and officials of Plano.