Stewart Brothers Drilling crews were at a depth of more than 400 feet as of Friday morning as the company drills a test water well on Corrigan Avenue, just southeast of Brownwood City Limits.

"I was out there this morning. It looks like everything's going good," said Dennis Spinks, general manager of the Brown County Water Improvement District.

Drilling will go on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until the well is at a depth of about 3,600 feet, water district board members have been told. The pace of the drilling is about 10 feet an hour.

Spinks said he plans to meet Wednesday water representatives of Lake Brownwood wholesale water customers to discuss Stage 4 restrictions and enforcement of those restrictions.

Lake Brownwood remains in Stage 3 of the Drought Contingency Plan, which limits outdoor watering to one day a week. It is anticipated that the lake will be at the Stage 4 "trigger point" when the water district's board meets Aug. 13.

At Tuesday evening's water board meeting, board members followed Spinks' recommendation that the lake remain in Stage 3 until the August board meeting.

In addition to deciding whether to declare Stage 4 in August, board members will also consider approving the water improvement district's budget for the 2013-'14 fiscal year.

The proposed budget is just under $2.8 million, a 4.5 percent increase over the current budget. The proposed budget also contains a 5 percent increase in treated water rates and a 4.6 percent increase in irrigation water rates.

Approving the budget was on the agenda Tuesday, but Spinks recommended waiting because, Spinks said, the water district has spent close to $1 million on the test well and the district needs to look at ways to recoup those funds.