Water Improvements

Major upgrades are coming to the City of Amarillo’s drainage systems to address longstanding issues and prepare for future challenges.

Within city limits, there are 23 playa lakes. 

While some tend to dry up, others continue to hold water. The city is going to examine the bottom of those lakes.

That will include dredging the three at Thompson Park, Medi Park, and McDonald Lakes.

City officials say they’re going to study them to learn how much sedimentation is there, how much needs to be removed, whether that has to be disposed of. They might have some heavy metals or pesticides, herbicides, and those types of things; byproducts of things in the sedimentation they may have to dispose of.

The city goes on to say another project in the works is looking to add a permanent pump in Playa Lake Seven located near Arden Road and Soncy to stay ahead of repetitive storm events like last summer.

The last project is looking at improvements to McCarty Lake near South Georgia and Farmers.

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