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More Enforcement On Tap For San Marcos Water Rules

Updated: Monday, August 11 2014, 07:02 PM CDT

The waterfall on the San Marcos River near Texas State University is what we imagine when we think of San Marcos.  And the Edwards Aquifer Authority is expected to take action Tuesday make sure the springs keep feeding the falls and the river.

The problem is the Edwards Aquifer that feeds the river continues to drop.  Jan Klein, conservation coordinator for the City of San Marcos says, "We're really close to the stage four trigger. In fact it looks like we could hit the trigger tomorrow."

The bad news is the trigger will restrict the maximum amount the city can pump from the aquifer by 40 percent.  The good news is, thanks top conservation measures, San Marcos is already at 30 percent and believes it can reach the new target by enforcing the rules already in place.  Klein says, "We'll probably add some additional overnight patrols and probably start doing some daytime patrols as well."

Also San Marcos doesn't depend solely on the river anymore.  The city also gets surface water from Canyon Lake and is shopping for water elsewhere.  But Brent Doty with the Edwards Aquifer Authority says that costs money.  He adds, "I'm think you're going to see prices rise in the water your use because we're going to see water purveyors look for new resources, and that's going to cost them more in infrastructure and allocations."  And that means the water the city gets from the San Marcos River shouldn't be wasted.

By Fred Cantu

More Enforcement On Tap For San Marcos Water Rules


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