Water levels continue to drop

POSTED: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 3:21pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Water levels at Lake Waco continue to drop to levels officials say they've never experienced before.

Just today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the Lake Waco swimming area, Airport Beach Park, has been shut down because there is no longer water in the designated area.

Currently the lake is at 456 feet, which is six feet below the normal level.

And with 49 million gallons of water used a day officials say these numbers are unprecedented.

"We've never seen these kind of numbers before. Since I've been here, I've never seen us hit 50 million gallons in a day, and we've done that, I don't know 20 times, just in the past month. So it's very unusual," said Jonathan Echols, of Waco Water Utilities.

Echols says they are getting pressure from the state to go ahead and move up a stage in the drought contingency plan as a precautionary measure.

And if that happens Waco will move into stage two of the conservation plan which means mandatory water restrictions.

Only time will tell when that will happen.



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