Amarillo City Council approves groundwater rights sale

Tuesday Amarillo City Commissioners approved the sale of their last groundwater holdings in Hartley County.

The sale of the water rights points to the issues the western Panhandle counties are currently facing.

A lot of competition and a depleted source has made the decision easier.

The city has groundwater rights currently in Roberts and Ochiltree Counties where thereâ??s much more water in the aquifer.

Laura West of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District says water under Hartley County, "dropped substantially because of new irrigation and people who have moved over there and are drilling wells.ã?? We call that break out ground."

Amarillo City Manager Jarret Atkinson says, "On that side is an area of much competition. We know the water resources in the area have been slowly depleting."