CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) - As the drought drags on, Lake Travis is shrinking into "Travis Pond," and some cities are worried about being able to draw water from it.
Cedar Park and Leander are teaming up to launch a new $7 million pipeline project. By next May their current pump barges may only have a water depth of five feet to spare. Their new pipeline would extend 4,200 feet out into deeper water, providing them an additional depth of 20 more feet.
Phase 1, at a cost of $4.5 million, will begin in a few weeks.
"We're simply putting the pipeline on the bottom of the lake, in the ground, to get to that further location. We're anticipating that will be completed in the springtime," said Cedar Park Utility program manager Katherine Woerner.
In November the cities will determine if they need the $2.5 million Phase 2, renting a new pump barge to draw from that pipeline. The project will provide water for 100,000 people. Cedar Park and Leander will split the cost 70-30, respectively.
This project was originally considered during the 2009 drought, but wasn't needed. Now it may be.
"Hopefully it will rain, hopefully we won't need this. But when you look at long term forecasts for central Texas, if it's not this year it will be a few years from now," said Woerner.
It's been said that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. In Central Texas you can add droughts and shrinking lakes.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
The Austin City Council is set to vote Thursday on design changes for the Auditorium Shores Dog Park.
Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for No. 9 Baylor and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.