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 hearing on the LCRA application is expected to take place in July, with notifications sent to nearby landowners at least 20 days beforehand.

In 2015, the LCRA obtained groundwater rights from the 4,850-acre Griffith League Ranch in Bastrop County, which is owned by the Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council. According to the utility’s application, those groundwater rights were obtained for the utility to meet existing and future water supply commitments. Currently, the utility is contracted to supply more than 400,000 acre-feet per year to its customers, which include municipal, agricultural and industrial users… Read more from statesman.com