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Old 06-27-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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In a way, people need to seriously curb back some of their excessive water usage. May be a blessing in disguise.
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: The "original 36" of SA
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Yes, it has been examined. A solution was to catch the rain runoff during the wet years and pump it over the aquifer and allow for recharge.
Many in the area of catchment were incited to believe that it would become their drinking water and the plan scrapped.[Racial and geographic divisiveness at its best.]
Ok... just for clarification, are you referring to the Applewhite reservoir on the southside (where people did express these fears), or to the idea of recharge dams on the northside. I'm just asking because I had not heard (pleading ignorance, here) that it was the residents opposed to the recharge dams, just the developers.
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Ok... just for clarification, are you referring to the Applewhite reservoir on the southside (where people did express these fears), or to the idea of recharge dams on the northside. I'm just asking because I had not heard (pleading ignorance, here) that it was the residents opposed to the recharge dams, just the developers.
I was referring to Applewhite. A long time friend who is on the Aquifer board has for decades been preaching catchment and repumping the trapped water back over the recharge zone.[Note: the half life of a drop of water hitting the recharge zone is several years before reaching the Edwards Aquifer].
Much of the Applewhite hysteria was misplaced and turned into a geographic battle rather than well thought out. The northside recharge catchment lakes do have a much different set of opponents, the developers. Opposition and no solution with either thought.
All the while, a drive out 281 by any long term resident reveals greater stress on the aquifer by additional users and the removing of land on recharge area with no solution in sight.
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:56 AM
 
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The restrictions are intended to protect the endangered snail darter that lives in the aquifer. Paying more to use as much water as we want might help the bottom line at SAWS and Bexar Met, but it won't keep the snail darter's habitat from going dry.
omgosh....there goes the iced tea prices again!
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:02 PM
 
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We should start a grass roots movement to discourage washing our cars...with the exception of the windows ...for safety of course! We could let them get so dirty that we can write messages in the soot and advertise we're saving water AND money! KEEP YOUR CAR DIRTY!

j/k...it's still a free country I think...don't bash me if you love a clean car.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:11 PM
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We should start a grass roots movement to discourage washing our cars...with the exception of the windows ...for safety of course! We could let them get so dirty that we can write messages in the soot and advertise we're saving water AND money! KEEP YOUR CAR DIRTY!

j/k...it's still a free country I think...don't bash me if you love a clean car.
I love a clean car, and a nice, lush green lawn, but those things should be secondary to making sure our kids and their kids have enough water to drink. I pass people in my neighborhood every day who are standing outside with their hoses and the water is running into the street. I would say something, but they're my neighbors. I thought the water po-po were supposed to be out writing tickets???? Or do they expect me to call and rat them out?
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:13 PM
 
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Snitches get stitches.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I was referring to Applewhite. A long time friend who is on the Aquifer board has for decades been preaching catchment and repumping the trapped water back over the recharge zone.[Note: the half life of a drop of water hitting the recharge zone is several years before reaching the Edwards Aquifer].
Much of the Applewhite hysteria was misplaced and turned into a geographic battle rather than well thought out. The northside recharge catchment lakes do have a much different set of opponents, the developers. Opposition and no solution with either thought.
All the while, a drive out 281 by any long term resident reveals greater stress on the aquifer by additional users and the removing of land on recharge area with no solution in sight.
Is this why we have that huge eyesore at 1604 & Culebra? We just drove by there, and it is amazing how much the creek bed has been leveled. No, we couldn't wheel our Jeeps down there; but they can bulldoze everything in sight and it's OK...

And just where exactly is all that rainwater going to go? That creek just runs to Cathedral Rock, and I don't see where it will recharge the aquifer.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:27 PM
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I thought the water po-po were supposed to be out writing tickets???? Or do they expect me to call and rat them out?
They'll investigate if someone reports it, but they can only ticket what they witness.
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio TX
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I love a clean car, and a nice, lush green lawn, but those things should be secondary to making sure our kids and their kids have enough water to drink. I pass people in my neighborhood every day who are standing outside with their hoses and the water is running into the street. I would say something, but they're my neighbors. I thought the water po-po were supposed to be out writing tickets???? Or do they expect me to call and rat them out?
*imagine Bowie's post here*

it is really obvious where I live, very green lawns and water running down the street from car washing of course they must know something the rest of us don't

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