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Where Will The Water Go? Shocking Statistics About Proposed Comanche Peak Reactors Water Use

25 January 2009 at 9:36:13 AM

From Reader Karen Richardson

Here are the shocking statistics about the proposed Comanche Peak reactors water use.33 billion gallons will be withdrawn from Lake Granbury per year. Of that water, 18 billion (18,000,000,000) gallons will evaporate, with the remaining 15 billion gallons returning to Lake Granbury. NOTE: These figures are in the application at the library and were printed in last week's Bosque County News.

To help me put 18 billion gallons of water into a perspective I could understand, I did a few calculations.

Roughly a cubic foot of water is 7.5 gallons. 18 billion gallons is 2,400,000,000 (2.4 billion) cubic feet. This amounts to just over 55,000 acre feet of water per year evaporated—gone for generations. This is one foot of water over 55,000 acres of land.

Please tell me I've made a major error in my calculations! Do double check for yourselves and figure what 18 billion gallons of water mean to you.

Somervell County is just under 120,000 acres.....
and Lake Granbury only holds 136,823 acre feet according to the Brazos River Authority.
Website. 55.000 acre feet would be 40% of the Lake Granbury evaporated yearly  www.brazos.org

The BRA site also references a contractual agreement they have with TXU for the cooling towers for Comanche Peak.

Thanks for all you do,

Karen Richardson


If anyone reading this can explain, corroborate or refute these figures, please comment. Or maybe you have a story to tell about how the water usage in these counties is affecting you.

Couple of references from Richardson's information. I see that the Brazos River Authority has mp3 (audio) of their board meetings, here.  I believe that her reference to the contractual agreement is from this page, about De Cordova Dam and Lake Granbury.

 The principal revenues used to finance the project are provided under a contract with TXU Electric Company for purchase of water for industrial use, including cooling water for a natural gas-fired steam electric power plant on the lake and the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant near Glen Rose. The lake also furnishes raw water for the Authority’s Lake Granbury Surface Water and Treatment System, which supplies treated water to customers in Hood and Johnson Counties.

Side note: I thought I remembered reading an article about the Brazos River Authority allowing pumping  on the *honor* system-from the Weatherford Democrat in 2007 Now, that article and commentary as well as this one are referring to oil and gas companies, and related, sucking water out of the Brazos in order to frack the gas wells. And what happens? Wells run dry or have to be re-dug to a lower level.

And let's add to that drought levels in Texas-this from Abilene's paper in mid-January.

Update: One more comment from Karen

as if water is not enough...  the plant has already created a new microclimate around squw creek, so do we really need twice the radiation, etc...what will 18 billion gallons of water vaporized do for our atmosphere?


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