Stephens County in Stage 3 of Drought Disaster

Stephens County in Stage 3 of Drought Disaster

<font size=2>Drought has had a strong hold on most areas in the Big Country. A damaged water clarifier in the disaster area of Breckenridge has brought the city to it's knees and a Stage 3 water restriction. </font>
In one of the driest years on record for Texas, a severe lack of rain in Stephens County has led to strict water conservation. Stephens County Judge Gary Fuller declared the county a disaster area because of the drought.

Breckenridge City Manager, Brad Newton, has decided to restrict water use for health, safety and sanitary purposes only.

"We're dependent on rainfall and as we all know it hasn't rained all that much...just about everywhere is watching their water unfortunately I guess we got a little preview because of the equipment failure," said Newton.

The city's water plant is down to one clarifying unit and lake levels are low at Lake Hubbard and Daniel.

Which means the system that takes organic material out of your drinking water needs time to be fully repaired. Until the new part is delivered residents are asked to use secondary watering methods for their yards.

"We're trying to catch up at night so when everyone's watering their lawns at night that's when we're going to have to take extreme measures," said Newton.

Breckenridge is in Stage 3 of a severe drought, and if lake levels continue to drop, it would have a ripple affect.

"There are many cities that depend on Lake Hubbard, of course Breckenridge has its share, Albany has its share and of course Abilene has a huge share that they depend on for their water," said Newton.

Dry lawns are only the first step, city officials are concerned that with rising temperatures this summer the water use it increasing as the water supply gets lower.

"Would you rather drink a gallon of gasoline or gallon of water? Sometimes we just need to evaluate what's important in our daily lives," said Newton.

The repairs are scheduled to be fixed June 23rd. If drought conditions remain the city would still enforce Stage 2 restrictions on water.

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