NBU examines the future of water in New Braunfels, releases 20-year plan

NBU examines the future of water in New Braunfels, releases 20-year plan

  • July 26, 2018
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 In late May, New Braunfels Utilities approved a strategic water resources plan that will help guide accommodations for the next 20 years. “So we looked at supply and we projected demand,” NBU Chief Executive Officer Ian Taylor said. The plan, which will be updated every five years, details how NBU will ensure an adequate water supply for its service area, which falls in one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions…Read more at Community Impact New Braunfels

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Well’s gone dry: aquifers taking a hit during the drought

Well’s gone dry: aquifers taking a hit during the drought

“It’s not out of the ordinary to have wells drop in a severe drought like this, when there is a really terrific shortage of groundwater,” said John Fisher, a Bell County commissioner, who lives in southern Bell County near the Williamson County line. As of July 10, most of Williamson County is classified as abnormally dry, with a portion in the northern part of the county in a moderate drought, according to the drought report and map released every Tuesday…

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Hoping to raise water awareness, state returns to a famous ad man

Hoping to raise water awareness, state returns to a famous ad man

An Austin advertising legend who once helped sell “Don’t mess with Texas” is now working with state officials on a sequel: a campaign to get Texans to cherish water, from their lakes to their sinks. Roy Spence, one of the founders of ad giant GSD&M, is partnering with Texas State University’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and the Texas Water Development Board on the project, which is still in its early stages….read more at Austin-American Statesman. 

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Hays County resolution requests hearing over permit to pump water from Middle Trinity Aquifer

Hays County resolution requests hearing over permit to pump water from Middle Trinity Aquifer

The Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously signed a resolution Tuesday to ratify a letter requesting a contested case hearing from the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District over a permit application by Electro Purification, LLC. According to Hays County, the water wholesaler applied to pump 912.5 million gallons of water from the Middle Trinity Aquifer each year…Read more at KVUE.

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Adding partner on Hays County area pipeline will cut costs by $60M

Adding partner on Hays County area pipeline will cut costs by $60M

A Seguin-based water authority will be joining a $325 million pipeline project for the rapidly growing South Central Texas area, cutting costs by more than $60 million. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Alliance Regional Water Authorityhave partnered to build an 85-mile pipeline that will pump groundwater from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer east of Lockhart in Caldwell County. It will deliver water to customers in Caldwell, Hays, Guadalupe and Comal counties. The project’s cost has risen from the original $213 million, but Alliance’s…

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Austin’s on the wrong side of the 100th meridian

Austin’s on the wrong side of the 100th meridian

The invisible line that divides the arid western part of the country from the wetter eastern half is on the move, and that has important implications for the Texas capital. Meet Robert Lee. Not the Confederate general, the town. Robert Lee, Texas is a ranching community of 1,025 that lost its only source of water to the second-worst drought in recorded state history. By August 2011, Lake E.V. Spence, a praying-mantis-shaped, man-made reservoir once revered for its striped bass fishing,…

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One Water: The future of land and water in Central Texas

One Water: The future of land and water in Central Texas

For centuries, the Texas Hill Country has been a region defined by its water resources. Early European settlers traced the paths of the San Antonio, Nueces, Guadalupe, and Colorado Rivers, following their rocky beds, spring-fed tributaries, and shallow draws, no doubt noting every seep and spring along the way. Before the Europeans, numerous tribes of indigenous peoples hunted, gathered, and fished along these same creeks and rivers. Evidence of their preference for the rivers and the spring sites of the Hill…

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Hays County residents fear the fight to protect their water was all for nothing

Hays County residents fear the fight to protect their water was all for nothing

Hays County residents thought their water was saved. Houston-based Electro Purification had plans to pump 5.3 million gallons of water per day from the Trinity Aquifer. The area wasn’t regulated by any groundwater conservation district, meaning the water was considered the company’s private property and it could pump as much as it pleased, even if it meant running neighbors’ wells dry. A 2015 law changed that, annexing the company’s leased parcels of land into the control of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.…

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State Lawmakers: who owns the right to groundwater?

State Lawmakers: who owns the right to groundwater?

Many rural groundwater conservation boards are considering or have already decided to export some of their water to nearby urban centers. Farmers are concerned the state is developing a Robin Hood system for its water needs, one where landowners lose. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has asked the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs to examine, ahead of the 2019 legislative session, whether regulations set up by groundwater conservation districts sufficiently protect the rights of landowners to their own…

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LCRA asks to drill eight water wells into the Simsboro Aquifer

LCRA asks to drill eight water wells into the Simsboro Aquifer

The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District is gearing up to adjudicate a request from the region’s largest utility entity to drill eight water wells in Bastrop County and suck billions of gallons of water per year from the underlying Simsboro Aquifer. In February, the Lower Colorado River Authority submitted to the water district eight applications for eight water wells that would pump up to 25,000 acre-feet — or 8.15 billion gallons — of water a year by 2026. A public…

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