The week ended with unanswered questions for users of Lake Brownwood's receding waters.
Dennis Spinks, general manager of the Brown County Water Improvement District, had not heard any preliminary numbers as of late Friday from a volumetric survey state hydrologists conducted at the lake earlier this month. The survey, conducted by two hydrologists with the Texas Water Development Board, will determine how much water remains in the lake.
While a final report won't be available for several months, Spinks said, he'd been told preliminary numbers would be available within couple of weeks after the survey.
The process of providing the preliminary numbers has been slowed, Spinks said, because one of the hydrologists has been at a hospital recently for the birth of a child.
Based on date from the last survey, conducted in 1997, it's believed the lake is at about 50 percent of its capacity, Spinks has said. The new survey will be more accurate because of improved technology, and getting those numbers is vital information as the water district and water users prepare for Stage 4 water restrictions under the Drought Contingency Plan.
Lake Brownwood was about 1.4 feet Friday above the Stage 4 trigger point, Spinks said.
Also unknown is what Stage 4 will actually mean for water users. Stage 4 will ask water users to reduce consumption by 50 percent based on a five-year average, Spinks said earlier. Spinks is still looking at numbers to determine what that will mean for the cities of Brownwood, Early and Bangs, and the other entities that use Lake Brownwood water.
Spinks said he wants to meet with representatives of water users this coming week to go over the numbers and strategies for reducing water use.
On Thursday, water users took 13 million gallons from Lake Brownwood, Spinks said, and the lake lost an estimated 39 million gallons that day to evaporation.
Early City Council members will meet at noon Tuesday to discuss water issues. "We'll talk about just where we are now and our relationship with the water district and what we have and don't have … just a broad general outlook on what we might have to do," Early City Administrator Ken Thomas said.