Water resources available to residents in need
By Scott Akanewich
One by one, vehicles rolled into the snowy parking lot at City Park Friday, wheels coming to a stop in sludgy puddles of melted ice and mud, lining up single file behind a truck providing drinking water for area residents. Many had been without water for more than a day in the wake of the recent weather-related power outages.
Since the thaw began, the cities of Liberty Hill and Georgetown have been working to provide much-needed water to those without due to the freezing temperatures.
The water distribution sites continue to operate Sunday, with bottled water available at Wetzel Park, and non-potable water at three locations – the Water Tower shopping center parking lot, San Gabriel Crossing and Liberty Trails Apartments.
“You guys are out here doing the Lord’s work,” said Liberty Hill resident Chris Jones, who arrived with several water-cooler sized containers to fill with water courtesy of Georgetown Public Works. “This takes the burden off us a little.”
Jones, who currently has a household of six in Sierra Vista, said he has experienced something similar before – but under quite opposite weather conditions.
“Back when I lived in Houston, we had hurricanes,” he said. “But, it was about 100 degrees instead of two. But, it was the same situation – trees down and no water.”
According to Keith Hutchinson, City of Georgetown Communications Manager, the organization felt compelled to reach out and help the residents of Liberty Hill.
“We know people are out of water, so we decided one way to help folks was to do this,” said Hutchinson, of the collection points at City Park and in downtown Liberty Hill. “It’s really taken a lot of teamwork and we’ve been working around the clock to get the water back.”
Hutchinson added although Georgetown Public Works services only Liberty Hill neighborhoods north of State Highway 29 and east of Route 183, the outreach was simply the right thing to do under the conditions.
“We wanted to do this for our customers,” he said. “But, anybody in need is certainly welcome.”
Before Jones finished loading up his truck with enough water to sustain his family, he thanked those who were on hand to make it all happen, then offered an ironic anecdote.
“They did a good job getting our power back on and now we have water,” he said. “You know, it’s kind of funny. Three years ago, I helped cut down some trees near a traffic circle outside our subdivision and had plenty of firewood just sitting in my yard all this time. Well, I finally needed it.”