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Regional water woes grow
by Chip Latcham
Aug 24, 2011 | 1019 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At the risk of appearing to go to the well too often...

We offer another prime example as to why Beeville’s leaders must consider improving our water situation in the near future.

Just to our west, the City of Three Rivers placed a moratorium Monday on new projects that would require connections to that city’s water system.

In a story from The Progress and reprinted on Page 3A, Public Works Director Rocky Mendez told the city council there, “We can’t deliver more water right now.”

Mendez expressed concern about whether the city could meet its obligations when several projects under construction or planned come on line. Those projects include several RV parks, apartment complexes and a new motel.

Partly due to the drought, that city is out of capacity, both to draw raw water and treat it.

“Our pumps are running at 100 percent all month,” Mendez said. “And we haven’t been able to fill our (storage) tanks in over two months. We don’t sleep at night knowing our tank levels are at five to six feet.”

Sound familiar?

As our region’s Arab spring turned into Sahara summer and appears to be heading for a rain-free fall, our top priorities should be water, water and water.

Beeville Water Supply District directors are discussing this dire situation with the engineer and are contemplating several steps, including installing a new pump to increase the amount of water coming from Lake Corpus Christi and implementing voluntary conservation measures.

They also are looking at the possibilities of installing a reverse osmosis system on the backup water wells and moving the intake structure farther down into the lake.

Those are both very expensive propositions but so would turning away business prospects and new residents during the Eagle Ford boom.

We must develop a Plan B and a Plan C quickly. And hope it’s not too late.

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August 24, 2011
‎"The water won't clear up 'til we get the hogs out of the creek." ~ Jim Hightower