The current drought is having a major impact on the lake levels at Lake Corpus Christi in Mathis, and that of course has an impact on the water supply in South Texas.
Some of the outlying communities, Beeville for example, face even more dire straights. Leaders there said, barring a major event like a tropical storm or a hurricane, they are going to run out of water in two years.
Because of that, City Manager Deborah Balli said the City is taking matters into its own hands by trying to diversify its water supply.
"This could be the drought of record, and so you know, we're not waiting for the worst to happen," Balli said. "We're trying to be proactive, and we're trying to make sure that in two years, we're not saying, 'well now we have 30 days left,' which is what happened to Raymondville."
Early voting began Monday for a May 11 bond election to improve the city's waterworks system. The $15.3 million bond issue on the ballot would pay for the drilling of water wells and the construction of an RO plant to treat the water.
Right now, Beeville buys its water from Corpus Christi. That water comes from Lake Corpus Christi in Mathis; but right now, the lake level there is only at about 16-percent capacity.
As for conservation, the City of Beeville said it has been doing its part and is already in Stage 3 water restrictions, which means no watering between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Residents can only water twice a week, and there's no runoff on the weekends.
The city manager said that, if the bond measure fails, the City will have to find another way to finance the project, because they have to do something to secure water for their future.
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