Town hall meeting for water concerns

State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) will host a town hall to address water concerns, most of which surfaced in recent weeks in response to the Electro Purification (EP) well project near Wimberley.

"Many questions and concerns have been brought to my attention regarding the amount of water being pumped from the Trinity aquifer by a Houston-based company, Electro Purification,” Isaac said. “I am hosting a town hall meeting as an unbiased approach where people can come to learn about the project and voice their concerns. I'm hopeful all of the parties involved will be present to discuss their plans."

EP has signed agreements with the city of Buda, Goforth Water Special Utility District and Clark Wilson, developer of Anthem, a planned 2,200 home community near Mountain City.

Between the three entities, EP will pump about 1.8 billion gallons of water annually from the Cow Creek formation in the Trinity Aquifer. The water will be piped from western Hays to the eastern side of the county.

Area residents are concerned about private water wells being depleted. Some even called for a boycott of Buda. A website, www.saveourwells.com, sprang up in the past week. It provides information about the EP project along with contact information for several local elected officials.

Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams, representatives with Anthem, and EP were invited to present their plans at the town hall meeting. As of Thursday afternoon, Williams, Wilson and EP confirmed their attendance. Senator Donna Campbell's office will be in attendance as well.

"The amount of water that Electro Purification plans to pump is of great concern. We must learn what impact this will have on our groundwater supply that is critical to us all in this environmentally sensitive area." Isaac said. "I am currently working on legislative solutions that will ensure protection of our aquifers."

The town hall meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Johnson Hall at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12.

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