Drought
7:40 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Cooper Lake levels impacting Dallas suburb

IRVING - Lake levels in Northeast Texas are not only becoming an issue for area communities, but for a heavily populated city in the Metroplex.

The City of Irving receives most of its water from Jim Chapman/Cooper Lake in Delta County. And beginning January 1, they’ll implement Stage 3 water restrictions.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the severe drought has depleted 70 percent of Cooper Lake. Normal elevation levels at the lake are 440 feet, but current levels have fallen below 427 feet.  

Irving residents will have to cut back even more on water use, while the city considers other options such as purchasing water from the City of Dallas.