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The Amarillo City Council recently voted to purchase Roberts and Ochiltree county water rights for about $1.5 million reports the Amarillo Globe-News.

The final purchase price will be based on how much water is found says City Manager Jarrett Atkinson.

The 5,000 acres of water rights were sold by the McCattle Company and the M&D McLain Family partnership.

The council also voted to pay $116,000 to Lee Wilson & Associates to complete a hydrological survey of the property.

The city owns about 10,000 acres of rights near the proposed purchase. 

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Amarillo residents are not conserving water.  The city’s water usage goal is 52 million gallons per day.  Every day this month has exceeded that amount reported the Amarillo Globe-News.