Water still being trucked to Spicewood Beach; construction of well delayed

SPICEWOOD BEACH, Texas (KXAN) — Nearly six months after Texas voters approved putting aside $2 billion for water infrastructure, most of the work remains in the planning, talking and rule-making stage.

The Texas Water Development Board wants to develop guidelines of how to spend the money by December.

Even with that fund, water will continue to be in short supply for all of Central Texas.

The community of Spicewood Beach has had it much worse that most, having no source of water for nearly two years. And they’re still waiting. Despite plans for a well, the city continues to truck in water.

“We still see the water trucks going by twice a day around here,” said Chuck Homer. He said his side business as a handyman has suffered since many of his customers have moved away. “It’s very frustrating.”

Corix, the company contracted to supply water to Spicewood Beach, hasn’t been able to get the water flowing.

There are two units that were supposed to be treating about 330 gallons of water every day from Lake Travis. They were supposed to be built weeks ago, but they’re still not finished.

“They haven’t done anything they’ve said (they would),” Homer said. “Other than starting the plant, and starting building…it’s not any closer than it was six months ago.”

Corix hopes to have well water flowing by the end of May.

“A lot of the locals around here, they all have faith that they’re going to restore the water problem out there,” Homer added. “But it’s been two years. I dont believe it.”

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