LCRA takes first steps towards addressing drought conditions

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by KVUE News

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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 19 at 12:01 AM

AUSTIN -- The Lower Colorado River Authority is taking the first step towards a new water source for Spicewood beach.

Communities about an hour away from Northwest Austin have struggled with stage 4 drought restrictions for nearly a year.

This week, the LCRA board approved more than a million dollars for a new water treatment plant, and the infrastructure needed to tie it in to the existing system.

The plant is expected to be completed this summer.

LCRA also approved $18 million for the first phase of a more than $200 million dollar project to keep more water in the highland lakes. The plan is to build a massive reservoir in Wharton County, near Houston to collect rain that falls south of Lake Travis.

Another $15 million will build new groundwater wells in Bastrop County if local authorities approve.

 

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