Water Trucked to Texas Town Where Wells Ran Dry

Community is the first to run out of water due to the drought

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    Tim Graham
    The community is the first to run out of water due to the drought and will have it trucked in.

    The Lower Colorado River Authority has started trucking water to the Central Texas village of Spicewood Beach, the first community to run out of water due to the drought.

    A spokeswoman for the agency, Clara Tuma, said the region's wells are no longer producing enough water to meet the community's needs. The first tanker was expected to arrive Monday afternoon.

    Spicewood Beach, located on Lake Travis, has about 500 water connections that serve roughly 1,100 people.

    The community has watched the water level drop since October 2010, when the worst single-year drought in Texas began.

    Tuma said the river authority, which operates the wells, will truck water to the community for as long as it is needed.

    She did not have an estimate of what the operation will cost.