BSEACD Staff Recommends Issuing EP Permit in Phases with Special Conditions

In July of 2017, Electro Purification, LLC ("EP") applied for a groundwater production permit at the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District ("BSEACD") for a Middle Trinity Aquifer well field in Hays County. The permit application indicates that pumping rates will be phased in over time with a maximum permitted pumping rate of 2.5 million gallons per day (MGD), or approximately 912 million gallons per year, pumped from seven wells located on the Odell and Bridges properties.

BSEACD projects that pumping this amount of groundwater will cause 300-500 feet of drawdown in the Cow Creek Aquifer within one year and after seven years could result in dewatering of the Cow Creek Aquifer. In February, BSEACD determinedthat potentially unreasonable impacts will occur at residential wells in the vicinity of the well field.

On May 21st, BSEACD staff issued a Statement of Position and recommendation to the Board of Directors to grant EP’s permit application. You can read it here. Staff recommended that pumping volumes be phased over four phases and recommended special provisions to be included in the permit designed to avoid and mitigate unreasonable impacts to wells and the aquifer.

TESPA is currently analyzing BSEACD’s recommendation and will hold a community meeting on May 29th at Saint Stephen's Church at 7:00 PM to explain BSEACD's recommendation and possible legal options moving forward.

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