Spicewood Beach ran out of water in the aftermath of the 2011 drought. Since January 2012, area residents have relied on water trucked in from 15 miles away at a cost of about $35,000 per month.
Spicewood Beach is under Stage 4 “Emergency” water restrictions. Residents have a monthly limit of 2,000 gallons of water per household and are subject to serious fines if they repeatedly exceed their quotas.
The community is building a $1.2 million new surface-water treatment plant. The facility should be completed by February 2014 — and can’t come soon enough for the residents.