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Waurika Lake life estimated

Rain was falling when the board of directors for the Waurika Lake Conservancy District gathered earlier this week for their monthly meeting.

But not enough of it.

While the southwest region of Oklahoma  particularly the area between Hobart and Tipton  received significant rainfall over the Memorial Day weekend, the Waurika Lake watershed could only boast of a little less than inch during the same time period.

Meanwhile, the lake level drops lower and lower after the past three years of drought.

David Taylor, manager of the water district, told the board he estimates there will be at least one more year of drought and maybe as many as four more. "But this is just one of the many unknowns when it comes to the lake," he said. 

But the gloomy news did get better. 

Taylor estimated even that though the inflow into the lake is the smallest ever, the evaporation rate is also at the lowest point in three years and consumption by the six municipalities it supplies  Lawton, Duncan, Walters, Temple, Comanche and Waurika  also is dropping. If those conditions continue, he estimates, water will be available until sometime between January 2016 and July 2016. 

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