FORT STOCKTON - Fresh, clean, running water. It's sometimes taken for granted, but not in Fort Stockton, ever since a waterline break in June almost brought running water to a trickle.
"We came within less than 24 hours before running out of water completely for the city," Fort Stockton, Mayor Ruben Falcon, said. "That was the scary part."
Now the city and Mayor are taking steps so they never rely on one source of water again.
They plan to build an alternative water system in the center of town.
The city plans to use the old wells they aren't currently using to supply water to the alternative water source in the heart of the city.
They'll demolish two tanks and replace one with a reverse osmosis plant to purify the water.
Then they'll build a new water tank and use an old one to store the water before and after it's treated.
"Right now, we're just getting started," Ft. Stockton Director of Public Works, Raul Rodriguez, said. "We're going through our permitting process with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. That's about as far as we've gotten. Depending on the feedback we get from the state, we can continue forward."
It'll cost between $2.5 to $2.8 million, but it won't be more money out of tax payers pockets.
"This will not be paid for by any kind of new taxes. No," Falcon said.
Instead they'll just use money they're already receiving to distribute water.
They hope to complete the new system by April. When completed, Fort Stockton will be able to hold 6.5 million gallons of water.
Enough so the city won't have to relive what they endured in June.
"We're not going to have to go through a stage five water conservation emergency ever again," Falcon said.
Having a second water source will also allow the city to make repairs to the old plant without having to stop water production.
Fort Stockton is already planning to update the pipes at the current water supply system as soon as the new one is up and running.