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Water concerns affecting Haskell County community

WEINERT, Texas - There are concerns over how much water is available to one Haskell county community.

City Secretary Patricia Horan told KTXS news Weinert is on a watch list with the state. It means they have to call in and report water levels each week.

In the most recent report, city leaders indicated their three wells in the Seymour Aquifer have enough water to last until around August 30th; However, according to a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokesperson,  that date does not take into account any chances of rain, and whether the city will start drawing water from another source.

City Secretary Horan says that's exactly what they are  trying to do.

Horan also says the three wells in the Seymour Aquifer currently have about 39 feet of water total. For comparison: two years ago, prior to being in a drought, Weinert drew it's water from only two wells in the aquifer each well had a depth of 43 feet, 86 feet of water total back then.

Weinert is currently in stage 4 water restrictions, meaning residents can water plants and lawns by hose and by bucket , two times per week only.

Horan says she does not believe water restrictions will get worse.
She added that the city has reduced its water consumption by 50% , thanks to people following the restrictions.

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