This week, Houston will decide whether to extract water from other resources to combat the record drought plaguing Texas. Working in conjunction with the San Jacinto River Authority, public works officials may be tapping Lake Conroe, which contains 1,000 acre-feet of water.
Two-thirds of the lake is under the jurisdiction of Houston.
The lake is 3.7 feet lower than its 201-foot level and the plan is to divert water downstream into the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, then to Lake Houston, which is 6.6 feet below mean sea level of 44 feet. Officials report Lake Houston, originally built to supply drinking water, has 500 to 600 water leaks.
Fastcast: Hot, showers.
A 30 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny and hot. High near 98. Heat index as high as 108. Calm wind becoming westerly at 5 mph. Tonight, Mostly clear. Low about 78. Westerly winds 5 mph becoming calm.