No water in the well! Spicewood Beach area new wells swellNo water in the well! Spicewood Beach area new wells swellhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=40222014-06-09T13:09:00Z2014-06-05T00:00:00Z

SPICEWOOD BEACH - A new water system is taking shape for the drought-stricken Spicewood Beach area.

Considered the first Texas city to “run out of water,” the situation prompted the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to start hauling five to seven tankers of water each day, at an estimated cost of $35,000 per month, to replenish storage tanks that fed the system.

Now, the new water system signals the near-end of these several communities and elementary school having to rely on water trucked in for domestic use.

“We’re getting very close. We’re essentially complete with the construction for the new wells,” said Utilities Operations Manager Darrin Barker of Corix the contractor handling construction. “We’re doing the final plumbing and wiring.”

By June 2, officials unveiled completed equipment and structures, including infiltration galleries and a water treatment plant. Officials expect to launch testing and assess lab results sometime after June 9.

The startup could end restrictive conservation measures throughout the communities since the initial system failure. When the system is fully operational, LCRA is expected to halt water hauls into the community.

LCRA is the owner of the Spicewood Beach system. Corix, negotiating the purchase of the system from LCRA, is the contractor and construction management partner.

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