Keep sewage out of Hill Country creeks

Dripping Springs is a good 90-minute drive to the north of San Antonio, but the flow of water connects this region even as water fights divide it.

In this case, Dripping Springs is pursuing a permit that would allow it to discharge up to a million gallons of treated effluent a day into Onion Creek.

Onion Creek is in the Edwards Aquifer contributing zone, meaning its headwaters eventually recharge the aquifer. While state law makes it illegal to discharge sewage into the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, that’s not the case for contributing zones. The concern is this sewage will travel down into the recharge zone through fractures and sinkholes in creek beds, spoiling a crucial, regional water supply… Read more from mysanantonio.com