Battle for water in Central Texas


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on March 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 10:41 AM

BASTROP, Texas -- It's a battle for resources in a state starved for water.

Wednesday night dozens of Bastrop County residents pleaded with the Lost Pines Groundwater District to deny permits to a private developer.

Forestar Realty wants to dig wells for water needed in Travis, Williamson and Hays Counties.

“Here we are with unmanaged, unmitigated growth and there's not enough water to go around,” said Bastrop resident Lynda Curtis.

“I don't believe it should be privatized in any way,” said Bill Haschke, who also lives in Bastrop.

Haschke, like many others, is concerned that the Simsboro Aquifer in Bastrop will become stressed if a private company uses the water for outside counties.

“I don't believe it should be a profiteer situation where landowners profit by drawing too much out of their land, and draining their neighbors," he said.

"We need to preserve and conserve our water for our own usage, in our homes and on our farms and ranches,” said Bastrop County resident Marsha Correira.

Stakeholders say Forestar Realty is asking for a lot of groundwater, 100,000 acre feet according to Curtis.  That equals millions of gallons of water that the people of Bastrop want to stay in the county.