Hays County Commissioners Court Sets Public Meeting
For Groundwater Pumping Discussion
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court took steps Tuesday to organize a public forum to discuss concerns about the pumping of groundwater from an unregulated well field proposed over the Trinity Aquifer by Electro Purification LLC. The meeting will be held at the Hays County Government Center at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 5.
After discussion Tuesday among Court members and after hearing from several members of the public and a groundwater conservation district board member, the Court voted unanimously to invite representatives from involved parties to share information and discuss what can be done to ensure that water is not over-pumped to the detriment of well-users in the area.
“Many questions and concerns have been shared with the County about this project,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley said. “Both for the residents of the area and the long-term health of the Trinity Aquifer, I hope this meeting helps us openly discuss the issues and find good solutions to these complicated problems.” The well field is in Precinct 3 over the Trinity Aquifer in a “white area” – an area not regulated by either of the groundwater conservation districts near it.
Electro Purification LLC has sought contracts from entities in Hays County, such as the City of Buda, Goforth Water Supply SUD and a company working with Clark Wilson Builder, Inc., which is planning its Anthem subdivision near Mountain City.
Court members agreed that in addition to discussion on the need for legislative action on white areas, the agenda should include an opportunity for each invited party to express its concerns – pro or con – on the issue, discuss alternative water resources, share and coordinate the data each has collected and suggest mitigation plans that would not be too burdensome on nearby homeowners who rely on their own wells for water.
Among those the Court plans to invite to take part in the meeting are Sen. Donna Campbell, Rep. Jason Isaac, council members from stakeholder cities, members of water conservation districts with authority in Hays County, the LCRA, Goforth Water Supply SUD, Anthem MUD, the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency and Electro Purification.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 5, at the Hays County Government Center, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos. Stagecoach Trail is at the signal light at the bottom of the railroad overpass on Wonder World Drive, just west of I-35. Turn north on South Stagecoach; the Government Center is the large domed building at the end of the street. The County will record the meeting and plans to make it available for viewing within seven business days for those unable to attend.