The rains received across the South Plains over the past week have been very beneficial. Beneficial for landowners, beneficial for farmers, and beneficial for the City of Lubbock, the owner of Lake Alan Henry.

Lake Alan Henry is one of Lubbock's three primary sources of drinking water, in addition to serving as a major recreation area for the region.

On the afternoon of May 31, the lake officially reached 100% capacity (shown as 2,220 feet on the below graph). Later that day, the lake's water level reached 2,221 feet, which meant that water was exiting the lake over the spillway.

Two days later, on June 2, water was continuing to exit over the spillway, with the lake still at 100% capacity.

According to the Texas Water Development Board, it was one year ago, during the months of June and July, that Lake Alan Henry's reservoir was previously at 100% capacity.

Lake Alan Henry, along with water from Lake Meredith and the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority (CRMWA), and water from wells in Bailey County, are Lubbock's sources for drinking water.

According to the latest numbers from the city, in April of this year, Lubbock used 281,280,000 gallons of water from Lake Alan Henry. Year-to-date, January-April, a total of 1,559,369.000 gallons of water was used from Lake Alan Henry. In comparison, for the same January-April 2021 time period, CRMWA had supplied Lubbock 4,199,405,000 gallons of water.

Through April, the City of Lubbock was supplying water for 268,705 people, and 120 gallons of water per capita was being used on a daily basis.

The City of Lubbock's next water usage update is expected to be released in mid-June.

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