Updated 01/24/2012 04:24 PM
Wells drying up in several small Burnet Co. communities
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The Spicewood Bach Regional Water System n Burnet County is now under Stage 4 water restrictions, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority.
LCRA made the jump from Stage 3 to Stage 4 after an overnight drop in well levels from Monday to Tuesday.
Earlier: Despite rain on Tuesday, a handful of communities are dealing with a major water shortage and mandatory water restrictions.
Due to a drop in water levels, customers of the Spicewood Beach Regional Water System are now under Stage 3 water restrictions and are urged to only use water when absolutely necessary.
Those areas under Stage 3 mandatory water restrictions include:
• Spicewood Beach
• Lakeside Beach
• Lake Oaks
• Eagle Bluff
Spicewood Elementary is also conserving what they can.
In a press statement released late Monday, officials with the Lower Colorado River Authority said it’s estimated nearby water wells will have only two to three weeks of supply remaining, jeopardizing supplies to 500 customers in the area.
“I’ve been here since ’77 and I’ve never seen - when I go down by the dam - I’ve never seen so much land in my life,” Spicewood Beach resident Joseph Barbera said. “It’s scary.”
Residents in the area are running out of water because their water comes from wells located near the lake which is nearly dried up.
“If this drought doesn’t let up, no question, this will happen to other neighborhoods and other systems across the state that are served by groundwater,” LCRA spokesperson Clara Tuma said.
If drought levels don’t change, LCRA could declare Stage 4 mandatory restrictions. Neighbors say it’s something they don’t want to see happen.
“I’m headed to Walmart to pick up some additional five-gallon water jugs and then stopping at the water well in Marble Falls fill those up,” Spicewood Beach resident Pam Simek said.
LCRA is doing what they can to help residents of those areas.
“We’re looking at whether we want to truck in water long term or whether it makes sense to build wells or extend wells that are already there,” Tuma said.
For more information on the restrictions visit LCRA.org or call 877-718-4396 for more information.