ODESSA -- All around the basin, people are looking for creative ways to drown their water woes.
Homeowners are switching to wells in droves, Midland College is on the verge of installing a reclamation plant and after Odessa's city council meeting Tuesday evening,
Odessa is drawing close to installing desalination technology.
Looking around odessa, its not hard to see the impacts from this historic drought: lawns left unwatered and sprinkler systems turned off because of water resrictions.
City officials say they're maing progress with the colorado river municipal water district, toward the goal of building a desalination plant to create potable water.
Odessa Mayor Larry Melton informed me that they have been authorized by the Colorado River Municipal Water District to search out new water sources during those times that the CRMWD imposes water restrictions.
It's big step forward for the city, but there are still some legal hurdles to be crossed.
The CRMWD owns the land that holds the Capitan Reef where Odessa would like to tap into the underground resources, but contract talks are still ongoing and there are some issues that need to be worked out before a contract can be signed.
The city council was set to vote on the new water contracts, but that vote was tabled Tuesday night due to the ongoing negotiations with CRMWD.
According to hydrologists, the Capitan Reef could supply water to Odessa for 173 years if the city had a Desalination system in place to remove the salt and minerals.
Of course, technology like that doesn't come cheap. Mayor Melton said the cost could be over 150 million dollars.
Melton said these costs could most likely be covered by ODC funds and excess sales tax, and that taxing the citizens of Odessa is a last resort.
It's a hefty price tag, but many say it's a small price to pay for more than 150 years of aquatic peace of mind.