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2009-12-24 / Front Page

Lost Pines to Consider Moratorium on Commercial Water Wells

Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District is scheduled to consider a temporary moratorium on the issuance of permits to water marketers during their January 2010 meeting to be held in Giddings. Lost Pines regulates pumping water out of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer below Lee and Bastrop Counties.

The water marketers are planning to pump water out of the aquifer to sell to different areas of Texas. These marketers have been buying water rights from property owners in Lee and Bastrop Counties for the last several years.

Joe Cooper, General Manager of the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District, said, “We have more applications to pump water than there is water to pump. If they all ramp up in the next 10 or 15 years, we won’t possibly be able to dish out that much water.”

The most recent water marketers, as reported in the Leader in late November, are two marketers looking to export water to the eastern Travis and Williamson County areas. They are Sustainable Water Resources and Blue Water Systems, who already have the right to pump over 116,000 acre feet of water per year from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.

In addition to these two marketers, the Guadalupe- Blanco River Authority has signed an agreement with End-Op, a water marketing company wanting to supply water to the San Marcos area. Their application is to pump 45 million gallons of water a day out from under Lee and Bastrop Counties.

The Lost Pines District includes the City of Lexington, Dime Box Fresh Water District, Lee County Water, Lincoln Water, the City of Giddings, Aqua Water, the City of Bastrop, the City of Elgin and Manville Water.

This isn’t just an issue for Lee and Bastrop Counties. The Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer extends from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas and into parts of Arkansas and Louisiana, supplying water to 60 Texas counties.

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