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Edwards Aquifer Authority Declares Stage 4 Pumping Reductions

Updated: Tuesday, August 12 2014, 07:57 PM CDT
The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) declared Stage 4 pumping reductions, on Tuesday, for users within the San Antonio Pool.

Stage 4 of the EAA’s drought plan requires Edwards groundwater permit holders in all of Bexar and Medina, and parts of Atascosa, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties to reduce their annual authorized pumping by 40 percent, a press release said.

The EAA declared Stage 4 based on declining water level readings at the J17 index well in Bexar County.

The 10-day average dropped below the Stage 4 threshold of 630 feet above sea level on Tuesday.

Stage 4 will remain in effect as long as the water level of the monitoring well stays below this threshold, EAA officials said.

The mandatory pumping reductions help to stabilize aquifer levels and spring flow until rainfall replenishes the aquifer.

Stage 4 reductions apply to all Edwards groundwater permit holders authorized to pump more than three acre-feet annually. All affected permit holders must also report their pumping totals to the EAA on a monthly basis.

Residents and businesses who receive their water from a public water system are encouraged to contact their water provider directly to find out how Stage 4 reductions may affect them.

For more information on Stage 4 requirements, call the EAA Critical Period Team at (866) 931-3239 or by visiting the EAA website at www.edwardsaquifer.orgEdwards Aquifer Authority Declares Stage 4 Pumping Reductions


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