The City of Longview currently treats and delivers water from three sources: the Sabine River, Lake Cherokee and Lake O' the Pines. A contract between the City and the Cherokee Water Company which provides up to 16,000 acre-feet per year expires in 2035. Available withdrawals from the Sabine River, from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) permits and contracts with the Sabine River Authority total 40,547 acre-feet per year. Of the total available from the Sabine River, 20,000 acre-feet per year is acquired by contract with the Sabine River Authority for release from Lake Fork. This contract will expire in 2049 unless renewed at that time. The total quantity of raw water presently available to the City from Sabine River, Lake Cherokee and Lake O' the Pines equals 76,547 acre-feet per year.
According to a 1991 raw water study prepared for the City, future raw demands should not
exceed currently available water rights until 2025. Without Lake Fork water, however, the City must rely upon run-of-the-river water which is only available during the winter and spring months. To fully utilize these rights, the City would need to construct hold reservoirs to store raw water for use in the summer months.