In July of 2017, Electro Purification, LLC (EP) applied for a groundwater production permit at the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) for a Middle Trinity Aquifer well field in Hays County – the same well field that previously, had been unregulated. For background info click here. The permit application indicates that pumping rates will be phased in over time with a maximum permitted pumping rate of 2.5 million gallons per day (MGD), or approximately 912 million gallons per year, pumped from seven wells located on the Odell and Bridges properties. BSEACD projects that pumping this amount of groundwater will cause 300-500 feet of drawdown in the Cow Creek Aquifer within one year and after seven years could result in dewatering of the Cow Creek Aquifer.
Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA) is leading the fight against this egregious water grab. Find more information about the proposed permit, contested case, and related documents at their website.
You can find more information and videos at the Our Water Rights alliance website.