Austin Chronicle: Hays County Water War

Private drilling threatens public water supply.

Rumblings from Hays County are reaching the state Capitol, reverberating over a groundwater well project that opponents say could draw more water from the Trinity Aquifer than all the currently permitted well production in western Hays County. In recent weeks, citizens who get most of their drinking water from the Aquifer bombarded state representatives with calls and emails. It was standing room only March 25 at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on bills filed by Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, to stop the project. Since early February, community meetings have been packed with concerned citizens, thousands have signed a petition opposing the project, and a Hill Country coalition – the Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association – has filed a lawsuit to stop the drilling.

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