Hays County water fight is back on, 3 years after residents’ big win

Hays County water fight is back on, 3 years after residents’ big win

Three years ago, Hays County’s grass-roots Save Our Wells group took on a Houston-based company that found a regulatory loophole allowing it to pump millions of gallons of water from the already-strained Trinity Aquifer and sell it. The dispute culminated in a legislative victory that brought a lawmaker to tears and placed Electro Purification’s project under the jurisdiction of a groundwater conservation district, alleviating fears that it would suck water from hundreds of residential wells in the Wimberley Valley. But now…

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San Marcos Urges Water Conservation As Aquifer Level Falls

San Marcos Urges Water Conservation As Aquifer Level Falls

The City of San Marcos is urging water conservation because of rapidly dropping aquifer levels and the prospect of Stage 2 drought rules quickly approaching. Stage 2 is implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 650 feet above mean sea level (msl). Monitoring wells indicate the aquifer level is dropping about one foot per day. “We’re starting summer with above average temperatures and below average rainfall, with few prospects for any rain in the coming…

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Deal to limit Dripping Springs sewage plant discharge hits snag

Deal to limit Dripping Springs sewage plant discharge hits snag

After years of fighting a proposal to expand a sewage treatment plant that would dump treated wastewater into a creek that feeds Barton Springs, the city of Austin, groundwater conservation districts, Onion Creek property owners and the Save Barton Creek Association appear to be nearing an agreement with the city of Dripping Springs to limit discharges. But one stumbling block stands in the way, according to several parties involved in settlement negotiations. Representatives from the environmental group Save Our Springs Alliance, also…

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