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Edwards Aquifer Users Brace For Water Restrictions

Updated: Tuesday, August 12 2014, 01:38 PM CDT

Central Texas water users are preparing for unprecedented pumping restrictions by the Edwards Aquifer Authority.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the authority could mandate a 40-percent reduction on Tuesday because of low water levels and lingering hot and dry weather. The aquifer dropped to 628.9 feet above sea level Monday. That's its lowest level in nearly 20 years.

The aquifer services municipal utilities, agriculture and industrial customers in seven counties. Cities are considering purchasing water from other providers and tightening conservation requirements.

Customers have had to cut their use by 35 percent since certain restrictions went into effect in April. Users who exceed their limit can be fined up to $810 per acre-foot for industrial or municipal users and $410 per acre-foot for irrigators. An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.

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Edwards Aquifer Users Brace For Water Restrictions


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