LITTLEFIELD DEPARTMENT OF UTILITIES
The City of Littlefield provides domestic water service for the use of homes and businesses, as well as for fire protection to all of the area within the city limits of Littlefield. The city water system is recognized by the State of Texas as a Superior Water System and is in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act as promulgated by the U.S. Government and was awarded Outstanding Performance of a Water System from the State of Texas in 2001.
The City of Littlefield's water source is located 12 miles north of Littlefield and consists of 7,360 acres of water rights purchased in 1963, with eight wells and a half-million gallon ground storage tank. The first three wells were installed in 1964, the fourth in 1978, the fifth and sixth in 1985 and the last two were installed in 2001. The water gravity flows to the city through a 24-inch supply line and is stored in a 1.5 million gallon ground storage tank built in 2004. the water is treated and pumped from the ground storage tank to two elevated towers that have a total storage of 575,000 gallons. The maximum production from the well field with the current eight wells is approximately 4 million gallons per day. The booster pumps consist of four pumps ranging in size from 1,000 GPM to 2,500 GPM and can produce a maximum of 7.2 million gallons per day. Under a contract with the City of Lubbock, the City of Littlefield is able to receive emergency water from Bailey County well field if disruption of the main water supply occurs. The average water used in the winter months is approximately 1.2 million gallons per day, and the average water used in the summer months is approximately 2.5 million gallons per day.
The wastewater treatment plant for the City of Littlefield is 1.5 million gallons per day facility built in 2001. The plant has two aerated pond systems with a large holding pond. The wastewater effluent is pumped three miles to the City of Littlefield farm and is applied to alfalfa and wheat. The crops produced from the farm are bailed into hay for livestock. The city-owned farm is leased to a private individual for farming purposes. This plant was awarded the Outstanding Operation of Wastewater Treatment Facilities from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Region 2 Lubbock in 2002.