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LLANO — As water use drops more than 60 percent in the city while residents continue coping with one of hottest, driest summers on record, Llano could become a harbinger for other Central Texas towns fighting the drought.

The Highland Lakes have seen more than 25 days of temperatures constantly above the 100-degree mark, and Llano — where the flows of the Llano River have significantly decreased— has gone to Stage 3 water restrictions.

In the meantime, meteorologists say Texas is experiencing the third worst drought in recorded history, and it is one that could become the most severe if there is no significant rainfall soon.

“Water use has dropped approximately 60 percent during the last 30 days,”  City Manager Finley deGraffenreid said. “Our residents have expressed concerns and even frustration with the measures. However, they have overwhelmingly complied.”

Meanwhile, the heat goes on.