Aquifer Storage and Recovery: HB 655 Reduces Red Tape

Aquifer Storage and Recovery: HB 655 Reduces Red Tape

Reservoir-building is a Texas tradition – approximately 40 percent of the state’s water supply comes from these man-made lakes. While reservoirs are Texas’s traditional method of water storage, they are terribly inefficient. They lose large amounts of water to evaporation, sometimes over 40 percent of their storage. Total evaporation for the Highland Lakes was 192,404 acre-feet in 2011 – that’s more than the entire City of Austin’s 2011 water use (168,334 acre-feet). 

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There are better options than the Vista Ridge Pipeline

When your glass of water is empty, its time to stick your straw in someone else’s glass, right? That seems to be the most recent water management strategy of the San Antonio Water Services (SAWS) board. On Monday, September 30th, the board unanimously approved a $3.4 billion plan to construct the Vista Ridge Pipeline, a project that will transfer up to 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year over 142 miles from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in Burleson County to San Antonio. As a statewide leader and innovator in water supply management, San Antonio water planners have taken a step in the wrong direction by approving the Vista Ridge Pipeline.

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