90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Drought-Stricken Texas Town Forced To Truck In Water

A contractor trucks in water to a storage tank in Spicewood Beach, Texas Monday, January 30. (Photo courtesy of StateImpact Texas)

Spicewood Beach, Texas, population 1,100, made news last week when it became the first place in the drought-stricken state to truck water into town because its well was running dry.

Now, Spicewood Beach is in the news again because it turns out the agency that controls the town’s water was selling it and shipping it out of town just weeks before the crisis.

The Lower Colorado River Authority, the public agency that manages the water, sold the water while the town’s well was running dry. The agency said it did nothing wrong, because it was selling the water to private haulers who in turn, sold it to homeowners, industries and construction projects.

The agency also said that once the well water fell beneath a certain level, the agency stopped selling water.

Texas officials say Spicewood Beach is one of 13 towns that will likely run out of water in the coming months.

Guest:

  • Mose Buchele, reporter for StateImpact Texas, a reporting collaboration between KUT-Austin and NPR that focuses on energy and environmental issues.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

November 25 8 Comments

Lightening Up Traditional Thanksgiving Fare

Our resident chef Kathy Gunst has created lighter versions of listeners' favorites, from mashed potatoes to green bean casserole.

November 25 Comment

U.N. Envoy Calls For ‘Firing Freeze’ In Aleppo, Syria

Staffan de Mistura says limited and localized ceasefires in this historic city could serve as a model for the rest of the country.

November 24 25 Comments

Jose Antonio Vargas May Soon Become Documented Immigrant

The activist and journalist is one of the undocumented immigrants expected to receive protection from deportation.

November 24 8 Comments

Doctor: Hard-To-Abuse Painkillers Won’t Fix Overdose Crisis

There's a question of whether the new technology of addictive painkillers will help stem the epidemic or help fuel it.