Last week, I got a letter from the Liberty Hill Water Supply Corp. It was addressed to this house; but to the people who owned this house 3 years ago. I'm in Lago Vista; not Liberty Hill. And the previous owners did not move to Liberty Hill either. I don't know how I got on the mailing list for them. I'm sure sorry for their plight. That letter said to restrict outside watering to one day a week.
Liberty Hill, Texas is a town of about 1,500.
That was last week. Today, I got a postcard from them.
The card reads:
"Water levels have now hit a critical mark. Out tanks currently contain only a few feet of water. Please disregard the one day a week watering schedule effective immediately. There is to be absolutely NO OUTSIDE WATERING. This includes sprinklers, automatic sprinklers, and hand held water hose watering. We are asking that you conserve inside usage as well. If we follow these strict guidelines we may have water (They did not indicate for how long). Efforts are being made to obtain water from other sources, unfortunately everyone is short. Your cooperation is appreciated."
Gosh! That is so sad. I'm really sorry for them. Not only are they out of water in such poor economic times; but this does not help the value of their homes should they wish to move away. This may not be a problem where they will be able to buy their way out of it.
Lago Vista's water source it Lake Travis. It is currently 50% full only (or is that 50% empty?). That's what the stats say. At least I'm less than a mile from the lake. It's been a brutal drought around here. Worst in the country (USA). Triple digit temps for the past week and more to come with no end in site. Good grief! Maybe California earthquakes were not so bad after all. I'll bet I could buy my house back for real cheap. https://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
It's so dry, that many cities have eliminated their 4th of July fireworks. Dripping Springs, Texas just announced that they would not allow any fireworks. They normally have water problems anyway. I remember that 2 years ago they were going to have to drill their wells deeper.
My sister says that the Atlanta, Georgia reservoir is much better. Remember? They were only going to have about 6 months of water available. That was just last year. They have had rain; and they have gotten water from a South Carolina reservoir for a while as well.
I think we are going to see more of this. I hope not; but I just can't be optimistic.