Rep. Jason Isaac files bills to protect Trinity and Edwards Aquifer

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the water fight in Hays County continues to swirl over Electro Purification and water usage, State Representative Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, and State Senator Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, filed legislation on Thursday to expand the boundaries of two groundwater conservation districts in Hays County.

HB 3405/SB 1439 and HB 3406/SB 1440 will bring under protection an area of the Trinity Aquifer, which currently remains unprotected and just outside the boundary of a priority groundwater management area, by expanding either the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District or the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

HB 3407 will also remove the powers of eminent domain outside of the boundaries and service area of the Goforth Special Utility District — which is one of the SUD’s involved with Electro Purification.

“I remain confident that the legislation we filed today will help bring a solution to protect not only the Trinity Aquifer, but also well owners who are worried about their wells running dry in the near future, and property owners who could lose their land from the wrongful use of eminent domain powers,” said Rep. Isaac in a statement.

Isaac has participated in several meetings with concerned residents and shareholders regarding the concerns Electro Purification.

Electro Purification LLC has sought contracts from entities in Hays County, such as the City of Buda, Goforth Water Supply SUD and a company working with Clark Wilson Builder, Inc., which is planning its Anthem subdivision near Mountain City.

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