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Water Resources a Concern in the Texas Hill Country

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Water resources are a vital issue in the Texas Hill Country. The region has experienced its share of drought. Rivers have the potential to run dry and aquifer levels can plummet. Practicing water conservation methods is a must—but it’s essential that we do so while always respecting the peoples’ water rights.

Water Resources a Concern in the Texas Hill Country

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One county in the Texas Hill Country is thinking ahead and preparing for hard times before they arrive. Williamson County Commissioners are looking into a $50,000 water development study. The goal is to secure a water supply in East Texas before a serious drought strikes the Hill Country. Lone Star Regional Water Authority gave the commissioners a presentation in November.

Larry Warren, President of Lone Star Regional Water Authority, told hillcountrynews.com, “As our population grows from the current level… we need to have protection over the next 30, 40 years. It creates a more certain source of water in the future.”

Warren is hoping for a regional plan which would allow everyone to share in groundwater taken from the Trinity Aquifer and the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in Lee County, then transported for storage in Williamson County. From there, area cities could purchase the water with the possibility, according to Warren, of savings millions of dollars annually.

Water Resources a Concern in the Texas Hill Country
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Currently, Williamson County receives their water supply from the Brazos River Authority and Lower Colorado River Authority. The new plan would supplement – not replace – those resources. County commissioners have yet to reach a decision on the study. There are some concerns to be considered before taking any action.

Commissioner Valerie Covey told hillcountrynews.com she wants the involvement of eastern counties in the study. “If they don’t agree that there’s a million acre feet, if they think there’s 100,000 feet, then they’re afraid we’re going to take all their water.”

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