Wimberley penalized for over-pumping Blue Hole well

Posted By on January 22, 2013

Blue Hole, Wimberley, TexasThe Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District’s board of directors met Jan. 16 and handed out fines to activities for pumping more water from wells than their permits allowed. After considerable discussion, the board voted to levy a-time fee on three permit holders, including Wimberley with a penalty of $1,406.95. Other penalties sere Wimberley VFW Post 6441-$254.73 and La Ventana-$3297.

the Wimberley well’s overage is, in large part, tied to pumping that occurred during the process of starting up the well last summer. City Administrator Don Ferguson told the HTGCD Board that the city feels comfortable that all the kinks have been worked out with the well the city should have no problem living within the permit limits in the future.

In lieu of paying the penalty, the city intends to ask HTGCD to consider allowing the city to help fund the installation of a transducer in its well to help provide real time monitoring of the well level. It is a project the HTGCD has expressed interest in that will benefit both the city and the district. Should they not be interested, the city will pay the fee out of the Blue Hole operating budget.

In other action, the HTGCD board decided to not levy more than $30,000 in penalties on several other permit holders, including the Wimberley Water Supply Corporation and Aqua Texas.

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