- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Plummeting water levels in the Edwards Aquifer could lead to unprecedented restrictions on pumping as soon as next week.

The Edwards Aquifer Authority said 40 percent pumping reductions could start in Central Texas on Tuesday if hot and dry conditions don’t improve. The aquifer services municipal utilities, agriculture and industrial customers in Bexar, Medina and portions of Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Atascosa and Caldwell counties.

The San Antonio Express-News reports (https://bit.ly/1koggIx ) that the aquifer’s monitoring well in Bexar County is below 630 feet above sea level, a condition that can trigger tougher restrictions. Customers have had to cut their permitted use by 35 percent since certain restrictions went into effect in April.

Years of drought have reduced water levels at the aquifer, which is more than 13 feet lower than it was last year. It has dropped 10 feet in the past two weeks.

“Right now, the alarming thing is the aquifer level,” said Terri Herbold, a spokeswoman for the Edwards Aquifer Authority.

Wednesday marked the first 100-degree day of the summer reported by the National Weather Service at San Antonio International Airport. The local forecast puts the highs in the upper 90s for much of next week with no predictions of rain.


Information from: San Antonio Express-News, https://www.mysanantonio.com

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