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Elected officials behind an ongoing ratepayer-funded effort to bring a longterm water supply to Buda, Kyle and San Marcos want to know why Hays County officials are suddenly moving into the water game in their own right.

Since its formation in 2005, the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency has spent millions of dollars leasing land over the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in eastern Caldwell and northern Gonzales counties, pursuing pumping permits and doing preliminary design on two pipelines to transport water more than 40 miles back to the Interstate 35 corridor.

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2 thoughts on “Hays County’s hunt for water puzzles corridor cities

  1. Good article, Brad. I’ve raised this question several times before: Why does Hays County Commissioners Court want to deal with Forestar (an investor-owned utility – IOU) when it could accept the invitation of Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency (HCPUA, a public entity) to join
    it in securing water for Hays County? And not duplicate the efforts of HCPUA at needless expense?

    Commissioner Ray Whisenant, especially, is concerned about having water/wastewater utilities in the hands of profit-driven IOUs.

  2. I don’t need a 100 million dollar pipeline to get water if I run out. I have it delivered by PEOPLE who make a living doing it. A pipeline doesn’t create jobs longer than it takes to dig the pipe line. But those who deliver the water have a lifetime JOB and career. They also don’t require 100 million to get water to me, either! And, today the price is reasonable, but 100 million will significantly drive up the price of a gallon of water, and city employees will be the only ones making a living. This really looks like government trying to get involved in a monopoly on water!

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