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.Read More
According to state law, you own the water beneath your property. Yet all too often, your neighbor’s water use affects whether you have water left in your well tomorrow. Thankfully, local regulatory entities—groundwater conservation districts, or GCDs—exist to make sure there is enough water left underground for your, your children’s, and even your neighbor's future use. The members of your GCD board are members of your community. They decide on desired future conditions for your aquifer based on a community effort and put safeguards on water withdrawals with everyone’s future in mind.Read More
Recent reports have argued that local regulatory entities exercise too much power when it comes to groundwater in Texas. This is incorrect. Water is not just another commodity. It is vital to life and it needs to be closely watched and regulated.Read More
We all know water is important. For one, it’s essential for life. Aside from that, it’s essential for producing almost everything you depend on. Think about your day. You brush your teeth, you shower, you check your email, get gas on the way to work. All of these activities require water. The electricity you use is produced with water. Water is used in almost every industrial process you can imagine. You know that water is important, and you know Texas has a water scarcity problem. But what do you know about water management?
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