Don’t fail us now. We need you more than ever and we need you now!
We were in San Antonio on Monday to witness San Antonio Water System (SAWS) roll out a $3.4 billion contract for 50,000 acre-feet of water per year (AFY) from the Simsboro and Carrizo Aquifers in Burleson and Milam Counties. Yes, the Simsboro is the same aquifer Lee and Bastrop counties have been fighting to protect -- for years. According to the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (the ones known for handing out water permits like candy), the Simsboro under their counties recharges from rainfall by only 12,500 AFY. Meanwhile water profiteers and hydrologists-for-hire say it is "drought-proof" -- just like they said 50-years ago about one of the world's largest aquifers, the Ogallala, now dying in West Texas.
Folks, the SAWS contract was 522-pages still in DRAFT on Monday. But, SAWS is still planning to rush through this $3.4 billion complex contract this coming Monday! Then it will go to the San Antonio City Council for final approval.
The Vista Ridge consortium, (Spanish-based Abengoa and Bue Water Systems) will require a 142-mile pipeline to move this 50K AFY from Burleson to San Antonio.
The various Chambers of Commerce pushing this deal plan to keep waving on 20,000 new residents a year to San Antonio as they race against other water-challenged central Texas cities (like Austin, San Marcos and others) to be the fastest growing city in the country!
Who pays? We do -- urban and rural folks -- from our wallets and our aquifers. It is truly mad.
Like a car salesman, SAWS Chairman Berto Guerra calls it "the deal of the century." So, what’s the big hurry and what's the big worry? A lot.
Will you stand up with us to this water theft?
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PS This is it folks. We need you in San Antonio, or all of our geese are cooked! We know you're busy, but sometimes you just gotta do what ya gotta do.
PPS Fayette Countians, don't forget our County Judge Forum this Saturday at 5 pm at La Grange ISD Auditorum, 650 Travis (check our Events section).