This water shortage thing is becoming a reality.
If anyone wants to see the reality, take a drive on Highway 180 West and cross the Mile Long Bridge.
At one time, all those islands we see were once covered by water.
People were thriving at Hubbard Creek Lake with vacation and summer homes. Businesses flourished because of the tourism our city would gain from the weekenders who would come to the lake.
Now, that dream we lived in is starting to turn into a nightmare.
Our precious source of water is sitting at less than 25 percent capacity while still serving four area cities (Breckenridge, Abilene, Anson and Albany).
People complain about Abilene using our water and they're going to dry our lake up.
Well, Abilene owns more than 50 percent of Hubbard Creek Lake, which is operated by the West Central Texas Municipal Water District.
We can all sit and blame and point fingers, but are you doing your part to conserve water?
Have you begun to prepare for measures you will take if we move to Stage III in the Drought Contingency Plan, which means absolutely no outdoor watering?
It's going to take everyone as a whole to make this work.
We can conserve all we can and make this thing last.
We can all pray that rain will heal our land and put us back to a stage where our city and its families will be able to flourish in our town.
However, it's not just us.
Wichita Falls is nearly out of water. They're sitting at less than 20 percent for their water supply.
They are taking measures to cut supplies to neighboring cities in order to be able to serve their own.
It's not just a Breckenridge thing— it's a state of Texas thing.
I had to give a dose of reality to some people in East Texas who thought a drought was when their lake was four feet low.
I smirked at the comment. I said “Want to see a drought? Try being fined for watering your yard on a day you're not supposed to or watching that garden you've always planted die because of the watering restrictions. That's real stuff there.”
In the end, it's up to us as a community.
We can all sit and complain about streets, drugs in the community and all the other negativity that goes with small rural towns.
But neither one of us can go without water — whether you're positive or negative.
We've got to believe that we will get through this and we will if we all pull together and pray.
God will pull us through. We have to believe.
But while we pray, let's do our part and make this work for the good of our town.