AUSTIN, TX - State Representative Jason Isaac (Dripping Springs) announced plans to file up to five bills relating to extending groundwater protection districts in Hays County, adding limited regulation to portions of otherwise unregulated aquifers, and changing household water usage laws to better protect Texas water resources.
"Protecting the groundwater of the Hill Country region and the entire State has been a top priority of mine since I was first elected to serve House District 45," said Rep. Isaac. "These bills will address the immediate concerns of my constituents in Hays County, and will also help in bringing innovative water saving solutions to Texas by increasing graywater usage and encouraging rainwater collection systems."
House Bill 1191, filed today, would create a buffer zone of 5 miles beyond the boundaries of a priority groundwater management area and give additional groundwater protection authority to the Texas Water Development Board. Another proposal will extend the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and another would extend the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, which both require a 30-day posting notice prior to filing. Additional legislation will help bring Texas to the forefront of water policy by reducing the tax burden on homeowners who install rainwater collection systems and allow for new domestic uses of graywater.
"In the middle of 2014 I first learned that there was an area of Hays County where the Trinity aquifer wasn't protected. Immediately, I began conversations with local elected officials, charged with protecting our groundwater, about solutions that would cover the unprotected area of the Trinity," said Rep. Isaac. "The recent discovery of a proposal by a Houston-based company to pump 5 million gallons per day from an area just outside the boundary of a priority groundwater management area increased the urgency to find a solution."
Rep. Isaac also praised this week's resolution by the Hays County Commissioners Court in support of legislation to establish local protection of the Trinity aquifer. Rep. Isaac will host a town hall to address water concerns at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, in the Johnson Hall at the Wimberley Community Center.
The Wimberley Community Center is located at 14068 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley, TX 78676. For more information please call (512) 463-0647.