The City of Throckmorton is grateful to the Graham City Council since its decision last Thursday extending an emergency water supply contract between the two for another year. 

“If the City of Graham terminated the emergency contract then we would basically have no water,” said Throckmorton Mayor Will Carroll. “It’s a life line. It’s an absolute necessity.” 

Graham provides water to the City of Throckmorton in emergency situations via a pipeline from Fort Belknap through a contract first negotiated in 2001 that, among other stipulations, defines an emergency situation as starting at stage 3 water restrictions. 

Throckmorton is currently in stage 4, and its lake is under 39 percent, another contract guideline defining a water-based emergency. More specifically, Lake Throckmorton is right now at 23 percent capacity, said Carroll.

The contract, established 13 years ago with the creation of the pipeline, is renewed yearly. At the April 10 Graham City Council meeting, it was unanimously extended into 2015. 

“We can’t cut them off,” said Mayor Barry White Thursday. “They have no other choice for water. I can’t with a clear mind say no.” 

The agreement between the cities stipulates that Throckmorton is required to adopt whatever water restrictions that Graham is currently enforcing. Since Graham is in stage 2 restrictions, Throckmorton is meeting that stipulation and then some. 

Stage 4 restrictions in Throckmorton ban the washing of vehicles or driveways, the usage of sprinklers and lawn watering on certain days. It also requires that watering be done by hand with a hose. 

“The guidelines we use are quite a bit more stringent than what Graham is under,” said Carroll. “We will always abide by a higher standard since we are using this emergency pipeline.”

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.