The big news of the week was the town of Spicewood Beach, Texas running out of water. Tanker trucks are now hauling in water as their wells have begun to fail. We also brought you stories of yet another “boom” in West Texas and a coal project at the border that some worry is going to have a negative impact. In case you missed them, here are our five big stories from last week:
- Why Did Spicewood Beach Run Dry? Maybe Because Their Water Was for Sale: Over the last year and all the way up until a few weeks ago, water was being sold from the Spicewood Beach water system to contractors and trucked out of the community.
- Why West Texas Hopes This “Boom” is Different: Lots of rigs, not enough homes, and luxury cars flying off the lot. Just don’t call it an oil “boom.”
- When Wells Run Dry: Spicewood Beach, Texas is Out of Water: This small community is making headlines for a lamentable first: It’s the first Texas town to run dry during the current drought.
- More Than One Million Gallons of Water Sold From Spicewood Beach Before it Ran Dry: At least 1.3 million gallons — and maybe more — were sold from the Spicewood Beach water system before its wells failed.
- Coal Project Sparks Fears at the Border: With U.S. coal exports to Mexico on the rise, border communities question the environmental cost.