City of Shamrock holds special meeting to discuss water system issues

    The Shamrock City Council held a special meeting to address and discuss the city's ongoing water issues. (ABC 7 Amarillo - Lia Kamana)<p>{/p}

    The Shamrock City Council held a special meeting to address and discuss the city's ongoing water issues on Monday, Feb. 11

    A lengthy boil water notice in Oct. 2018, led to the community believing it was time to fix the problem once and for all.

    "We can’t keep putting lipstick on the pig. We keep patching these things and patching them and another pops up," said a Shamrock resident.

    The water infrastructure in Shamrock is very old, some dating back to 1909.

    "We’ve found out that we have pipes that we have radiator pipes hooked onto holding them together. That’s not going to last forever," said one City Council member.

    It won't be an overnight fix though.

    "Go ahead and take care of business now. We jump in, I know it’s a lot of money, but 40 years from now they’ll appreciate us," said a local architect.

    Estimates for the project range from $25-40-million-dollars and officials warn it could be higher. So the city is looking to organizations like the USDA and the Texas Water Development Board for grants and loans.

    "We need to do our due diligence, and before we go into something that’s a 40-year-term we need to make sure it’s the best option for the city," said City Manager, Tommye Cole.

    The application process will take some time and construction, once it begins, could take several years.

    "We’re in the early stages of this whole deal. We are still a long way from it," said Aaron Shannon, Shamrock Mayor.

    The general consensus at the meeting? It needs to be done.

    "Somewhere we are going to have to do this, so my thought is we are just going to have to bite the bullet and find a way," said a City Council member.

    Moving forward the City of Shamrock will continue to look at all their options and figure out what is best. Discussions into the matter will continue. There is another meeting on Monday, Feb. 18.

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