Meeting at Mount Pleasant, lead engineer Ray Flemons of Dallas said comments will continue to be agenda items for subsequent Group meetings.
Most of the initial comments came from the Texas Water Development Board seeking verification and data. Other comments came from municipalities and other water suppliers.
The City of Canton, which says it needs additional water sources to meet the city’s anticipated population growth, asked for the right to use treated wastewater, to drill two new water wells, and construct a new reservoir.
The IPP shows Canton with a 161-acre feet water deficit. The city’s water enhancement proposals would give the city an additional 181 acre feet or more.
Canton officials said the additional water supplies could alleviate water shortages caused by anticipated growth.
The IPP said Canton’s current population is 3,537 and is projected to be around 4,613 by 2060 by the IPP. Canton officials, however, believe the city’s population could be as high as 31,000.
Engineer Stan Hays commented on two aquifers supplying water to North East Texas.
He said the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer’s water supplies have been over-allocated, according to a groundwater allocation model.
He said that no water groups have claimed to be using water from the Queen City Aquifer in Gregg, Harrison and Upshur counties.
The North East Texas Water Planning Group also announced that, starting in September, it will accept nominations for eight individuals who would serve as voting members for the Group.
One member of the Group, Max Bain, 67, of Atlanta, passed away on April 23 in Texarkana. Bain was county commissioner of Cass County and active in numerous civic endeavors.
The North East Water Planning Group serves all or portions of Upshur, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Rains, Smith, Titus, Van Zandt and Wood counties.
The Group’s next meeting will be Wednesday, June 23, starting at 1 p.m. in the Mount Pleasant Civic Center.