Hays County Water Fight Tumbles Into Committee
A volley of legislation launched by state Rep.Jason Isaac to stop a controversial groundwater project in Hays County came under harsh scrutiny by his fellow lawmakers on Wednesday.
The Republican of Dripping Springs wants to stop Houston-based Electro Purification from pumping up to 5 million gallons of water a day from wells in his district and selling it to Austin’s fast-growing Hill Country suburbs. Critics fear that volume of pumping could cause nearby residents’ wells to dry up.
They also note that the company’s wells are not located within a groundwater conservation district that could keep an eye on the pumping. The project has sparked outrage, with hundreds of residents attending contentiousmeetings to denounce it. Local and state lawmakers’ phone lines have been flooded.