Comprehensive Management of a Sole-Source Aquifer in Central Texas - A Model for Coping with Urban Development in Hydrologically Sensitive Areas

by R. D. Conti, Texas Water Commission, United States,
H. B. Smith, Texas Water Commission, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage


In the developing San Antonio/Austin area of central Texas, the Edwards Aquifer is highly vulnerable to contamination resulting from development. The Texas Water Commission (TWC) strives to preserve the high quality of water produced from the karst aquifer. The review of: submitted water pollution abatement plans (WPAPs) for proposed residential, commercial, and industrial development; organized sewage collection system (OCS) plans and specifications; and underground and aboveground storage tank systems (USTs and ASTs, respectively) includes an evaluation of compliance with state-promulgated rules. In order to evaluate the sensitivity of areas included in or near proposed developments, developers or their authorized agents are required to submit WPAPs.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Groundwater management | Aquifers | Urban development | Water pollution | Municipal water | Water supply | Water conservation | Texas | United States

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