Texas town restricts water use amid drought

MINERAL WELLS, Texas (AP) - A North Texas town famous for its mineral waters is imposing water restrictions on its residents because the main reservoir of water is only a quarter full.

The 31,000 people in Mineral Wells and surrounding towns are being limited to once-a-week outdoor watering.

It's another reminder of the drought that began in 2010 that's prompted authorities across the state to implement restrictions on the use of water.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports (

) that Mineral Wells has a 400-day supply in Lake Palo Pinto, its main source of water. That will increase by 100 days once they draw from the Brazos River on June 1.

But officials say a long-term solution, a reservoir downstream of Lake Palo Pinto, is delayed because of bureaucracy. It would double the area's water reserves.