Spicewood Beach could see new well system in February


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on January 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 7:31 PM

SPICEWOOD, Texas -- Residents of Spicewood Beach and surrounding communities said they are hopeful they’ll get off mandatory Level 4 water restrictions. They haven’t been allowed to use water outdoors for anything for two years.

Since then, the Lower Colorado River Authority has been trucking in water every day.

Steve Duich, president of the Spicewood Beach Property Owners Association, said those trucks come in up to eight times a day.

Last month, the final design on a new well system was submitted. Residents were told it could be up and running in February. Two water treatment plants have already arrived at the site.

The new well system will pull surface water out of Lake Travis instead of ground water.

“There's going to be two concrete basins water is going to be injected into,” said Duich.

The water will be chemically treated, then put in the storage tank for distribution.

LCRA is in the process of selling this system to Corix, which will control the operation.

The new well system is a $1 million project.

Burnet County helped get a grant to offset some of the cost.