Mayor issues offer to rescind controversial wastewater discharge but does not show for public evidence.
DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX July 14, 2016 – Dripping Springs area residents came to this week’s City Council meeting with scientific studies to meet the Mayor’s charge that he would ‘push to pull the permit’ if it could be shown that discharged wastewater would enter the aquifer, but Mayor Todd Purcell was nowhere to be seen during the meeting.
In October 2015, Dripping Springs filed a permit application with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to discharge up to 995,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day into Onion Creek. During the June 22, 2016 City Council meeting, constituents presented an 1,100 signature petition in protest and expressed concern about compelling new data pointing to Onion Creek recharging the aquifer. Mayor Todd Purcell stated (twice) that he would, “push council to pull the permit if that water is going into the aquifer....show me the evidence and I will pull the permit!" Constituents arrived for the July 12, 2016 Council meeting with studies in hand but Mayor Purcell was not present to receive the results, and Mayor Pro-Tem Bill Foulds used special rules to limit public comment until 3.5 hours after the meeting began.
Constituents have provided scientific studies released by the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Groundwater Conversation District (BSEAGCD). Both local Groundwater Conservation Districts (BSEACD and the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District passed resolutions based on this scientific evidence urging the City and TCEQ to pause the discharge permitting process in order to continue scientific analysis to help understand the extent of aquifer recharge and groundwater impact that occurs from Onion Creek and its tributaries.
Specific evidence delivered to Dripping Springs Mayor and City Council can be found on www.protectourwaternow.org
About Protect Our Water
Protect Our Water is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect the ground water recharged from Onion Creek and its tributaries - and also protect the pristine nature of surface water in these streams - from deterioration due to the release of treated sewage and other contaminants into its Onion Creek and its tributaries. For more information, please visit www.protectourwaternow.org
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