For almost a decade, the utility serving Liberty Hill has paid for the right to draw nearly 200 million gallons a year from Lake Travis. Only it had no way to pipe all that water back to town.
The Liberty Hill Water Corp. bought those water rights in 2004 from the Brazos County River Authority, but legal problems prevented the corporation from piping it to the city, said Wendell McLeod, the former director of the corporation. So the utility paid $32,000 to $40,000 a year for water it didn’t use.
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