If you checked your front door today, you probably found a door tag that said “Do Not Disturb” “Unless Invited by Aqua Texas & Will Conley”. The tag continues on to say that in February 2010, secret meetings between Aqua Texas began, and now in 2012 we still haven’t heard from Will about these “secret water talks”.
As you all know, there was a committee formed which consisted of concerned citizens from throughout the Wimberley Valley, especially anyone who was served by Aqua Texas. This included Mountain Crest, The City of Woodcreek, Woodcreek North, Representatives from CARD, business owners and landowners along Cypress Creek, Jacob’s Well Natural Area, etc., who were concerned about the Aqua Texas Supply systems.
I serve on that committee, and the results of these meetings are well known. As a committee we prioritized what our major concerns were and focused upon working with Aqua Texas to implement these changes. The top priority for resolution was the amount of leakage within the water supply systems that served Woodcreek North and the City of Woodcreek. Repairing both systems would reduce the immediate impact on the aquifer and meet Aqua’s need for future growth through water savings. Aqua Texas is now conducting the water main replacement in Woodcreek North and plans to start replacement of the mains in the City of Woodcreek later this year.
Another priority was geared toward the impact an Aqua well has on the flow at Jacobs Well due to their close proximity to each other. Aqua is looking at the possibility of a new well that is located further away from Jacobs Well.
These meetings have been and are always focused on the preservation and conservation of our natural areas such as Jacobs Well, Cypress Creek and Blue Hole that make the Wimberley Valley what it is.
As for the proposed rate increases, this is an issue between Aqua Texas and the State. The county and Will Conley have nothing to do with this and have no input to the process. Aqua has filed for a rate increase with the TCEQ that covers all of Aqua’s Southwest Region of which Woodcreek North, The City of Woodcreek, and Mountaincrest are a part. By law, the provider is allowed to recover expenses incurred in the operation and repairs of their systems if those costs are deemed fair and reasonable. Whether these costs are deemed fair and reasonable will be determined after a full review by TCEQ, not the County.
As a private citizen, I am repulsed by the lack of truth that is evident in the tactics that are being used by Mr. Brannon in his campaign against Commissioner Conley. Every statement and article that I have read has had the truth so skewed that it is impossible to understand where this man called Sam Brannon is coming from. If I can’t tell where he is coming from, I damned sure don’t want him as my Precinct 3 Commissioner.
Please feel free to pass this message along to all your friends and neighbors so that they may understand that these latest accusations are totally false and very misleading. Shame on Mr. Brannon for not fully vetting his sources.
Character assassination is politics at its ugliest and I for one despise Mr. Brannon for what he is attempting to do. The voters of Hays County need to be well aware of the real wolf in sheep’s clothing. Don’t be fooled by lies and half truths. Get the real word out and the truth told.
ERIC C. ESKELUND