Over-Pumping of the Aquifer

The Edwards Aquifer provides drinking water for over 1.5 million people. The Barton Springs segment of the Aquifer provides drinking water for around 50,000 people in Southern Travis and Northern Hays Counties.

Barton Springs has never run dry in known time. During the drought of record in the 1950 spring flow dropped to less than 10 cubic feet per second. Today, wells pump out 10 cubic feet of water per second. This means that if we do not start conserving and reducing our use of aquifer water, a severe drought could make Barton Springs dry.

We are offering suggestions to the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District to improve management of aquifer pumping to ensure spring flows for swimmers and salamanders alike.

Take Action! Send comments to the Conservation District encouraging them to protect spring flows.