Texas towns find fast solutions to water problems
12/3/2011 12:01:09 PM - AP News
GROESBECK, Texas (AP) — Imperiled towns around drought-ravaged Texas are finding short-term fixes to water supply problems, and some are coming just in time to avert a crisis.Massive yellow pipes are being pieced together as part of a $250,000 pipeline project in the Central Texas city of Groesbeck, which was expected to run out of water by Tuesday. The pipeline will bring water from a rock quarry seven miles away, but it's only a six-month supply.The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says there are 11 towns with enough water to last six month or less. Quick fixes for several towns are costing tens of thousands or even millions of dollars.But officials hope that gives them enough time to find longer-term projects that many of the cash-strapped communities have delayed for years.