Skip to comments.Water situation no better for Spicewood Beach residents (TX)
Posted on 07/13/2012 6:04:35 AM PDT by bgill
For the 1,000 or so residents of Spicewood Beach in Burnet County, water tanker trucks have become a way of life.
Stage 4 water restrictions started in late January. Back then, one truck would bring water to the Spicewood Beach water station.
Now, two trucks make the run - eight to ten times a day.
Joe Don Dockery is the Burnet County Commissioner for Precinct 4. He says Lake Travis' water levels directly affect the wells in Spicewood Beach. And because lake levels are so low, the system can't supply water to its residents.
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Austin, TX just lifted their Stage II water restrictions. Now people can water their lawns once a week. If they a caught watering more often there are stiff fines. Some fines last summer went up to a thousand dollars.
We were very happy to get the rain in Lakeway. It’s been a long time coming!
I hate extended dry weather. We’re in no danger of water restrictions or anything but a tiny pocket of drought has settled over my immediate area.
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Howdy! I live in Belton, and love the Spicewood area.
I’m praying for rain and hope Lake Travis recovers soon!
Nuke power plant + desalination plant + pipeline. Expensive but it could move ALOT of water to up country Texas and benefit a lot of people.
It’s not up country. It’s right on one of the major rivers. Problem is the drought from last summer and there hasn’t been enough rain to refill many of the lakes, reservoirs and aquifers so water wells are dry.
What is the overall situation in TX compared to last year?
My thought was that if you start moving a LOT of water to the up country, then there will be a cascade effect and the mid to low country will get watered as well. Either by direct flow, filling the upcountry lakes that then seed clouds and cause rain.
Much better than last summer but it’ll take time to refill the lakes. Some areas, like down around Houston have been getting a lot of rain (flooding today) in the past few weeks but areas further west not so much.
We were able to have fireworks this year for the 4th but are still under a fire ban in Central TX. Even with some rain, it’s a tinder box what with all the trees that died last year so that’s my main worry these days. All it’ll take is a tossed cigarette and we’ll have big fires again. I am looking out at the hills which are covered in dead trees so it’s no wonder the wildfire maps are showing red zones. Never in my life have I seen the hills like this.
The drought map is showing mostly “abnormally dry” to “extreme drought”: http://www.plantmaps.com/interactive-texas-drought-monitor-map.php
Sounds like at least grass is growing for pastures then...