The City of Bastrop is wasting no time to keep the water flowing, even in time of drought.
This past summer, failing wells led to mandatory emergency water restrictions, sending city officials on a quest to find a new water source.
City engineers drilled on a piece of land near the Colorado River—and hit it big. Now, two new water wells are expected to be complete by May.
"Our city is growing,” Bastrop City Manager Michael H. Talbot said. “Our demand for water is increasing. We're trying to work and stay ahead of the curve in our ability to supply water."
Experts estimate the water source will pump 800 gallons per minute, and will serve the community at least for the next 25 years. They also believe once in operation, the water will quench the thirst of the community for at least 25 years.
"Conservation will be a big part of how we supply water to our city," Talbot said.
The wells are a part of a five-year-plan targeting a water, wastewater infrastructure overhaul.
"The demand is here now, and we have to meet that demand," Talbot said.
The total cost of the project comes in at a little more than $2.1 million. A $250,000 gallon storage tank is expected to be installed sometime next week.
After the treatment facility is running and construction is completion, older city wells will be phased out.