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Texas town relying on tanker trucks for water

Texas town relying on tanker trucks for water
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 8:25am

Tanker trucks loaded with water have become the lifeline for a Texas village that came precariously close to becoming the state's first community to run out of drinking water during a historic drought.

Two tanker trucks for the first time delivered thousands of gallons of water Monday to Spicewood.

Clara Tuma, spokeswoman of the Lower Colorado River Authority, says the 8,000-gallon water delivery arrived after it became clear the village's wells could no longer produce enough water to meet the needs of the Lake Travis community's 1,100 residents and elementary school.

The town uses wells, not the lake, for its drinking water.

The authority says it plans to truck water into Spicewood for several more weeks while exploring alternatives, including drilling a new well or piping water from the lake.
 

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