Most of Texas is suffering through several years of significant, if not severe, drought. While the northwest of the state historically has been the driest, the popular area know as the Hill Country has always been dry as well and is seeing some extreme conditions as reported recently by Houston TV station KHOU recently:
Joe Mooneyham no longer grows any flowers or plants in his backyard. Instead, the Pebble Beach resident in Bandera County is nursing a quiet optimism that it will all come back.
“I haven’t watered since September of last year,” Mooneyham said. “Everything was just emerald green.”
He misses the greenery, the deer and the water.
Medina Lake, which used to send gentle waves lapping at his backyard dock, has receded more than a mile and a quarter away.
“Every day I go on and check the level,” Mooneyham said.
Pebble Beach is a community whose name is borne out in the field of small stones that were once covered by several feet of lake water. It’s also a community reporting less than a three-month supply of water for its residents.
Neighbors a few miles down the road are having water brought in by the truckload, or face spending tens of thousands of dollars to dig for it.
“The well-service people have been lowering pumps. Some have had to have new wells drilled. It’s just a fact of nature,” said Bandera County Judge Richard Evans.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality keeps tabs on those places where the water is scarce enough to draw concern.
Pebble Beach is on the list, and so are 33-others which could be out of water within three months.
A dozen municipalities are reporting they could go dry in 45 days or less
And as San Antonio and other large water-users grow in population — and go shopping for more water resources — they’re dealing with smaller communities which are becoming more protective of their water rights.
Experts say this is the trend, even should the skies do open up.