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article imageTexas town on verge of running out of water

By Abigail Prendergast     Nov 28, 2011 in Environment
Groesbeck - A small town in Central Texas is being threatened with running out of water as its main source, the Navasota River, continues to dry up. The only thing officials can do is put a pipeline over three miles long in place that will bring water from up north.
A town in Central Texas is being faced with the threat of literally running out of its water supply. Jackie Levingston, Mayor of Groesbeck, Texas, said that the town could run out of water by Thanksgiving according to CBS Houston.
While the town still has some water left, Groesbeck's city officials have found themselves unable to prevent the Navasota River (which is the town's only water supply) from evaporating in the intense summer heat since August says The Texas Tribune. The town has not seen any measurable rainfall since this past April, which has caused the river to plummet 44 inches below its normal level. As such, Groesbeck is ranked high among Texas communities that are facing the imminent threat of literally drying up.
After the failure of a plan to pump water from a nearby rock quarry into Jack's Creek which feeds the Navasota, the Groesbeck City Council gave a 3.3 mile-long pipeline project the green light. The pipeline is planned to draw water from a more abundant part of the Navasota River's upper region and bring it into Groesbeck's water treatment plant.
In addition to supplying water to Groesbeck's population of 6,500 people, the Navasota River is also the source of it for a 1,000-bed penitentiary.
Rodney Franklin, regional director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department verified that said organization had approved the aforementioned project, indicating that there are no other pipelines in Texas parks to his knowledge. As such, the procedure to build this upcoming pipeline was deemed fit due to the ability to ensure that no native plants or animals would be harmed in the process.
Franklin pointed out that officials even altered their schedules in order to speed up the process of getting the emergency go-ahead for the project.
“This was a special circumstance where we definitely wanted to help our neighbors out,” he told CBS Houston. “This drought is affecting a lot of folks.”
Groesbeck joins many other Texas towns facing the repercussions of historic drought conditions, such as Robert Lee and Kemp, the latter of which even had its water supply shut off back in August.
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