Will Stanford, in the grip of an unprecedented drought, become like tiny Orme, Tenn., and run out of drinking water?
Without intervention, that could happen in about 14 weeks, the city's water manager said.
"It's possible," said Alan DeShon, manager of water and sewer.
Stanford Mayor Bill Miracle said on Monday he felt the city was "holding its own" but did express some urgency in exploring alternative methods to bring water to the city's customers.
"We're keeping a close eye on this," Mr. Miracle said. "We're going to make every attempt possible to keep from running out of water."
The mayor's alternative measures include tapping into Crab Orchard's water supply, which Mr. Miracle called a slight possibility, or piping water from Buffalo Springs. The city turned to Buffalo Springs to complement a dwindling water supply in 1988 during the last drought of great significance.