BUCHANAN LAKE VILLAGE, Texas (KXAN) - Amid one of Central Texas' worst droughts in memory, a small Hill Country town water tank has been leaking at least since last year.
And even though state regulators last week said the problem has been fixed, KXAN's cameras were still able to record water continuing to seep out of Buchanan Lake Village's water tank.
"It's always leaking water, always," said longtime village resident Ricky Nelson. "Going back how long? I've been here since '90 and this (a stream leading from the tank) has always got water in it,"
Another resident said the water from the has become a breeding ground for mosquitos and other bugs. And worse yet, he said, the region has not water to spare.
"It's wasting water, he said. "It's the main thing and right now we don't have a lot of water to waste, We just don't have it."
Complaints about the leaky tank were registered in December with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state agency that oversees such matters. The agency cited the village for failure to maintain a water-tight storage tank.
The village was given until last week to remedy the issue.
And on Friday, after the agency received documents from the village saying the leak was fix, TCEQ issued a letter of compliance and closed the matter.
But that day, a KXAN photographer in the area on another story saw that water was still seeping from the tank and shot video.
Buchanan Lake Village General Manager John Tichi said Monday that the leak recorded was a different one and will be fixed this week. And TCEQ told KXAN that it would revisit the tank on Tuesday.
Nelson, however, remained skeptical.
"You see them fixing this leak any time soon?," he asked "I don't ever see them fixing it -- because they don't care."
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