From staff reports
After years of studies, the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency — made up of San Marcos, Kyle, Buda and the Canyon Regional Water Authority — is posed to start buying water rights to secure a long-term water supply for the quickly developing region. The agency will build a well field somewhere over the Carrizzo-Wilcox Aquifer to the east and a miles-long pipeline to deliver water back to the corridor cities. Under a contract being considered Tuesday by the San Marcos city council, the entities will split the agency’s $341,369 operating budget, and whatever bond debt is incurred, proportional to how much water each will use from the new source.
The project parallels efforts by other governments and private entities to tap the vast Carrizo-Wilcox. San Antonio has a Carrizo-Wilcox project in he pipeline as does Sustainable Water Resources LP, a coalition of heavy-hitters including JPMorganChaseBank, Schlumberger, Winstead Consulting Group and San Marcos investor Terry Gilmore. A representative of the company outlined basics of their plan for Hays County commissioners in September 2006.
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