Low Water Level At An East Texas Lake

An East Texas water authority is asking its customers to conserve, as water levels are dropping to a record low at an East Texas lake. They say Lake O the Pines is quickly approaching an "all-time" low water level. The Army Corps of Engineers says the lake is currently four feet below normal. The Northeast Texas Municipal Water District says it is the result of drought and increased water usage.

"We've been spoiled for so long that we've had an excess of water and now this is one of those few years that we have to think about no having enough. But I imagine in the future, we're going to have this more often as it gets more populous," says Pete Wright of the Northeast Texas Water District.

Wright says the immediate solution to the lake level is less public consumption and more rain. Lake O The Pines provides water to numerous East Texas cities, including Longview.