Hays County well owners meet over aquifer concerns

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WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — Some Hays County residents are worried about the future of their water. Because Buda is running low on water, the city struck a 30 year deal with a Houston company that will draw millions of gallons of water from the Trinity Aquifer each day. Neighbors believe that could drain a lot of private wells.

Residents filled the pews at a Wimberley church, listening to researchers explain the status of their aquifer. Skip Hujsak lives right next to the church and said he had to drill deeper when his well went dry a few years back. He’s not sure if he could do it again.

“It may not even be an option due to the amount of water they’re drawing out. We may not be able to catch up,” said Hujsak.

He believes that would be the case if Houston based Electro Purification pumps millions of gallons from the Trinity Aquifer every day.

“How are we going to fight a fire, grass fire, any kind of fire on our property if we don’t have water?” Hujsak asked.

Hydrogeologists at the meeting said there are too many unknowns right now. Impacts, if any, have yet to be determined but studies are in the works.

“When we get all that data together, we can do calculations that show over short-term and long-term and how far away we might see impacts and how significant those impacts could be,” said Aquifer Science Team Leader, Brian Smith.

Hujsak believes public outcry may be the best chance for he and his neighbors to get the company to stop pumping.

“Advantageous to pick up, move on and find another little hole in an unregulated area that they can pull this off again,” said Hujsak.

A town hall meeting with Rep. Jason Isaac is set for Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall at the Wimberley Community.

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