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Storing Texas Water

by | Apr 16, 2012 | Austin News | 0 comments

Storing Texas Water is a subject some lawmakers are looking at right now, YNN Austin reports.  Last year, the Highland Lakes lost more water to evaporation than was used by all the cities in the LCRA’s jurisdiction.  Underground storage systems would help Central Texans to be able to have that water flow into the taps in their Austin Apartments rather than watch it just disappear back into the air.
The San Antonio Water System constructed an aquifer storage and recovery system eight years ago that recaptures excess water from the Edwards Aquifer during rainy periods or times of low water use.  The water is stored underground and the land above it is used for agriculture.  State Rep. Lyle Larson, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, thinks that the LCRA should create their own storage system like the one in San Antonio and plans to make it priority number one for lawmakers in the next session.
A Lower Colorado River Authority representative says that San Antonio’s storage system, called the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, is a project they are looking at as a model.  However, the water in Lake Travis would have to be treated before it was stored because it is surface water, which would present an additional cost.

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