LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) - Lower levels on Lake Travis are creating an expensive new headache for homeowners.
Now, the level is so low, a resort community is having to pay tens of thousands of dollars to keep their owners happy and air conditioners working.
Two weeks ago, The Island on Lake Travis started having a tough time keeping their facility cooled off properly. Unlike a traditional AC system, their Hydronic thermal cooling system relies on lake water. As the lake recedes, the water line has been drawing warmer surface water.
"About a week and a half ago our temperatures went up into record levels as far as what were sending out into the property to cool down the system," said Patrick William, manager of The Island on Lake Travis."So we have no choice, we have to lower the pumps."
This isn't an easy project by any means. A 15-man crew on the scene Tuesday included two underwater divers working to add 60 feet of utility line to restore air conditioning for 217 units at the resort.
Like unraveling spaghetti underwater, crews were clearing the path to add several water lines which will bring in deeper, cooler water and connect them to existing lines up the hill.
It was no easy task.
"We're doing a lot of pump moves, and we're doing a lot of trash clean up now that old rusty barrels are showing up," said Walter Judkins of Lake Services Inc. "A lot of anchor moving and moving docks out."
Judkins says his crew will be working until the job is finished. The costly fix is a long-term investment the resort hopes will pay off, and the only option at this time.
"We have no other alternative at this moment," William said. "It would be a major, major thing to have to completely redo all the the AC's, so were hoping that don't have to happen."
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