Monday, January 12, 2009

LCRA ASKS RESIDENTS OF WEST TRAVIS SYSTEM TO CUT BACK WATER USE IMMEDIATELY

The Lower Colorado River Authority is asking customers of the West Travis County Regional Water System (in western Travis County and northern Hays County) to immediately cut back water use this afternoon due to an equipment problem.

The affected area includes residents in Bee Cave and other communities along Texas 71and RR 620; and Dripping Springs, along with developments on US 290.

Residents and businesses should turn off their irrigation systems now and stop outdoor use. Curtail all water use to the extent possible.

Around noon today, contractors working on an expansion of the system inadvertently cut an underground electrical cable that services the raw water intake pumps. That means water cannot be delivered to the water treatment plant, which is near the intersection of Texas 71 and Bee Caves Road. There were no injuries involved when the electrical cable was cut.

Water storage tanks contain enough water to supply customers into Monday night. LCRA officials expect repairs to require more than 10 hours, therefore customers could experience water shortages starting Monday evening or early Tuesday morning if customers do not cut back on water use or if repairs require more time.

For more information, area residents may visit the Web site at www.lcra.org or call LCRA customer service at (512) 397-6766.