Residents beg Buda to reconsider aquifer pumping plan

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — Families in Hays County say the water they need to live could be sucked up from right under their feet if a plan goes through. The city of Buda plans to hire the company Electro Purification to pump water from the Trinity Aquifer to meet their growing needs.

On Tuesday, families from rural parts of Hays County met with those city leaders. Dozens of people packed into Buda City Hall hoping to change the mind of city council members.

Most people who showed up live outside the city of Buda, and most believe the move to pump water out of the aquifer could drain a lot of private wells. Buda city officials say they are concerned about everyone in Hays County but the city’s water may run short in 2017 and they need to secure a plausible long-term water source. But many people who live in and outside the city say they are not considering the effects of nearby neighbors.

“Buda made an agreement to buy water from underneath our next door neighbor,” said Julie Renfro. “Basically, you don’t do that. You don’t take something that doesn’t belong to you.”

“The city needs water,” explained Brain LaBorde, the assistant city manager. “We’ve looked into it, but also too council did look at a mitigation plan.”

Hays County officials will discuss the plans at a public meeting this Thursday.

The municipal utility district (MUD) for a development in the community of Mountain City, near Hays High School, signed a contract with Electro Purification Incorporated. The Goforth Water Supply Corporation, which provides service in rural parts of Hays, Travis, and Caldwell counties, is also be a potential client.

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