AUSTIN- Increased enforcement efforts will soon begin to prevent people from illegally drawing water from Central Texas lakes and the lower Colorado River.
Law enforcement officers for the Lower Colorado River Authority and other agencies will increase patrols beginning Friday. They'll look for property owners along the chain of lakes that include Buchanan and Travis who are illegally drawing water for domestic uses such as watering lawns.
LCRA spokeswoman Clara Tuma said Monday the authority has spent the last few years reminding lakeside property owners that they must have a contract to pump lake water for their use. There were fewer than 60 contracts with the authority in 2009 and now there's more than 3,700.
Increased patrols also will be conducted along the Colorado River between Lake Travis and Matagorda Bay.