When you see the main source of water disappears before your eyes a deep fear begins to set in. The lack of rain in Palo Pinto is becoming a harsh reality. Lake Palo Pinto is the main source of water for the town of Mineral Wells and the village of Lone Camp. The lake is almost nonexistent. It's only at about 14% capacity, however it looks much less.
Because of the drought, the ranch is currently under strict water restrictions. If we use more water than we are allocated then we have to pay a hefty fine. The situation is becoming so severe that there is talk that the area will lose access to the lake water and we will be forced to use wells for water. The ranch needed about 100,000 gallons of water for the summer and luckily our tanks were able to provide that for us. We have eleven tanks that have water in them (not anywhere near completely full) and two tanks that are completely dry. Seeing the lake, or what used to be the lake, is a harsh dose of reality for Palo Pinto.
While other parts of Texas continue to see rain, rain seems to just skip right over the Palo Pinto/ Mineral Wells area. It's estimated that if the area continues to get no rain the lake will completely dry up by June. Precautions are being taken. The water district is trying to stretch the supply by blending the water with the Brazos River water in hopes of creating a new water supply by May.
There is just so little water in the area that even if the lake dries up there may not be anyone nearby able to sell water to Palo Pinto and the surrounding towns. There are talks of plans to help get water to the area but the construction would cost millions of dollars and time is not on our side. Lets face it, we're hurting for water.