A Better East Texas: Whitehouse Water Woes

Water, water everywhere but residents of Whitehouse can't get it. For more than 20 years, the city of Whitehouse has contracted with Tyler to supply water to its residents from nearby Lake Tyler.

That contract ended in 2005 and for the past 2 years there has been no progress in renegotiating a new long term deal.  The water from Tyler was cut off in November of last year and Whitehouse started relying on wells for their water.

The current Whitehouse plan has the city constructing a new pump station and drilling new wells - both of which have been delayed.  The long term plans also have Whitehouse tapping water from Lake Stryker through the construction of their own pipeline and treatment station - a 2-year project.  I can't fault city officials for trying to become hydro-independent but the costs associated with the current plan in Whitehouse are large and will take time - time that residents in Whitehouse may not have.

For now, residents will have to be patient but further delays should not be tolerated.  The elected officials in Whitehouse have got to find a way to get these new wells on-line now and then move quickly into the long term plan, demanding that it be on schedule, and that will make for a better East Texas.