LAKE BUCHANAN, Texas (kXAN) - The water level in Lake Buchanan dropped to a 61-year low this week and it has reached its second-lowest level ever.
"If it keeps going down out here, their will be nothing but desert left," longtime lake resident Brian Funderburk said Tuesday.
Funderburk said he's lived near Lake Buchanan all of his life. Over the years, he has seen the level drop significantly. But never has it been never this bad.
As the level dropped, trash and debris have started to pile up, adding to the scars left by the stubborn Central Texas drought.
"I wish they would clean it up a little bit too," he said. "All these tires have been out here forever."
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Buchanan's level stood at 986.53 feet above see level. The average for September is about 1,010 feet above sea level. When the lake is full, Buchanan is about 1,020 feet.
Buchanan drains down to Lake Travis, which is the region's chief water supply and is also ravaged by the drought.
Looking down the road as the drought lingers on look for more severe water-use restrictions.
Presently, the city of Austin is under Stage 2 restrictions. But if the city goes to Stage 3, it'll change when people can water their lawn.
People who use an automatic sprinkler system now can only water between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. on their designated day.
At Stage 3 automatic sprinkler users would only be able to water between midnight and 6 a.m.
Hose-end sprinkler users in Austin now can only water between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. on their watering day.
Under Stage 3, they'd only be able to water between both 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. as well as 7 p.m .and 10 p.m.
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