Water Experts Planning For Future of Brazos Valley Water Supply

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COLLEGE STATION, TX The future of the Brazos Valley's water supply was being discussed at an important meeting in Waco as the population of Central Texas booms.

Water experts are working on ways to meet the need for years to come.

Taking care of cattle is a constant concern for State Representative Kyle Kacal.

Water keeps his Tonkaway Ranch thriving.

"Water is the key to our continued growth in the state of Texas. I mean we got to look at the number of people moving to Texas everyday. We got to provide water and transportation and good schools for them. And if we don't have water there is no reason to have roads or good schools 'cause they won't be here," said State Representative Kyle Kacal, (R) District 12.

The Texas Water Development Board Projects Brazos County will swell to nearly 446,000 people by the year 2070.

David Dunn of HDR Engineering was heading to a regional water planning meeting in Waco when we spoke to him.

He says having mandatory water restrictions as a regular routine in B/CS is probably still 20 to 30 years out.

A good portion of the Brazos Valley gets its water from the underground Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer which has a steady supply.

"It is fairly drought proof, particularly in the areas of Bryan and College Station. It's a deep aquifer system and it does not react very quickly to drought," said Dunn.

Jennifer Nations is the College Station Water Resources Coordinator and says water usage had soared to 26 million gallon per day prior to the rains.

That's even higher than levels during the drought of 2011.

26.1 million gallons over several days is the tipping point for mandatory water restrictions when they reach capacity.

"We have a lot of groundwater but we're using it, Bryan's using it, the university is using it. That's pretty much it as far as fresh water sources, so we need to make sure everybody uses it wisely," said Jennifer Nations.

A resource shaping the future of Central Texas.

Experts recommend you water your yard only one to two times a week and make conservation a daily effort.

The Brazos "G" Water Planning Group has no plans for any new lakes in our area.