UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 8:39pm
Hewitt, TX — With rapid population growth and relentless Texas heat, water is a constant issue here in Central Texas. City leaders are always working to ensure their residents' water needs are met.
In Hewitt, officials once considered adding a new well to bring in more water but have now decided against it.
"We were looking at what it would cost and what the ramifications would be by adding one more well," said Hewitt City Manager Adam Miles.
Miles, along with other city leaders, has been looking into various options to ensure the city always has enough water for their 14,000 residents and the up to 7, 000 more people estimated to come. The city initially considered building an extra well because, at the time, it seemed like a better alternative than paying the city of Waco for more water. Along with the several wells the city has, Hewitt also buys some of their water from the city of Waco, which is brought in by means of Lake Waco.
"We don't think of that now as a long-term sustainable solution. For our future water needs," said Miles.
Hewitt currently operates through a groundwater well system, called an aquifer. The aquifer is managed through Southern Trinity Aquifer. And, with more water being used, the available water is slowly depleting. This leaves officials to work on solutions for the future to ensure there is never a shortage.
"As more people are coming on the system and the level of the aquifer level drops, the concern is that it's not being recharged fast enough to sustain it as a water supply as a water source for our community," said Miles.
Hewitt officials plan to continue using water from Lake Waco that they have contracted through the city of Waco. They also plan to use other area lakes and so forth so they have more than one supply source they can use.