Robert Lee On Verge Of Running Out Of Water
By Ashlei King, KTXS News
POSTED: 9:23 pm CDT August 3, 2011
ROBERT LEE, Texas -- The 1,200 residents of the town of Robert Lee could be out of water by the end of the year.
The town gets its water from Lake E.V. Spence, a lake that was once one of the largest in the region. But with a drought firmly entrenched and recent temperatures averaging about 105 degrees, Lake E.V. Spence is nearly dry.
The lake is down to less than 1 percent of its water supply, forcing residents to be under a Phase Three water restriction – which means all outdoor watering is banned.
“I've never seen it dryer or hotter," Mayor John Jacobs said. “We all thought it would rain before it got (to this point) and it didn't, so we don't know when it's going to rain."