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  • This should be understood as gaining a beneficial use for groundwater. If our groundwater was being exported to San Antonio we would be foolishly squandering our precious water resources. We have plenty of water for our own uses for drinking water and irrigation. There is a lot of water in the aquifer but we don't have water to export. As this drought deepens and becomes more acute, you will see more local uses for our water.

    August 22, 2009 at 9:41 a.m.
  • "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!"

    I was at the Victoria County Groundwater Conservation District meeting several weeks ago which approched this subject. This is what is happening...

    First of all, the City made this move without even consulting with the VCGCD. An apology was given.

    The State of Texas owns and controls all surface water including the Guadalupe River. The City has the right to withdraw a certain amount of river water unless it drops too low.

    Groundwater is owned and controlled by the City. Once the groundwater starts flowing on top of the ground, the State gains ownership of the water because it is now surface water.

    The City worked a deal with the State to swap the water. The water being withdrawn from the ground is being put into the river 1.1 river miles downstream from where it is being withdrawn.

    The reason given for not using groundwater is that it is not compatible with river water.

    Well, I have some questions...

    Wssn't the City relying 100% on groundwater until 2005? What happened to that treatment plant? Why can the City not revert to the system that provided all water to the City before?

    I drink water from a well, so I suppose it could be considered to be "raw" water but even then, which would you rather drink? I'd rather drink raw groundwater than treated river water any day of the week. Is it that much more inexpensive to treat river water for sewage, runoff, mercury etc.? Does anyone have any idea how much contamination the river water contains? We are at the end of the line, the bottom of the barrel.

    I have discovered a way to remove iron, manganese oxide, hydrogen sulfide and iron bacteria from my water. I found a system that injects a tiny amount of H2O2 into the water as it comes out of the ground. The oxidation effect reduces all of the afformentioned contaminants so they can be caught in a filter. All that is left after the reaction is H2O.

    This has worked so well on our own water that we are now marketing this product called Oxy Blast. I contacted the owner of this company to discuss the Victoria water situation and this is what he said...

    "Hopefully, some day, municipalities will get smart enough to figure out what you and I already know."

    It costs us around $15 per month for excellent water. No stink, no stains. Why is the City not open to this? I think perhaps the river water treatment idea was not thought out properly and the City is embarrassed. I guess I would be to.

    Incidentally, I hear the fishing south of town is really nice as you can actually eat the fish now. After all, they've got the best water around!

    August 22, 2009 at 8:09 a.m.
  • Sorry to be negative, but the fairly good drinking water Victoria residents use to enjoy prior to the new water plant, which now uses "raw" water, is obviously no longer able to be processed. This tells me we are stuck with muddy tasting tap water from now on because Mr. Short says it is too expensive to process with the new plant.

    I would like to know what kind of increase in bottled water sales have come about in our local stores since the new water plant went into service a few years back.

    August 21, 2009 at 8:03 p.m.
  • It doesn't have to be the exact same well water that went into the river is taken out of the river, just that the amount taken out of the river has to be replaced by well water.

    August 21, 2009 at 5:19 p.m.
  • Why does the water dump from the well into the river downstream (south end of riverside park) of the point we are taking water from the river (north side of riverside park)? So as the river lowers we are taking more water from the ever increasing lower level? Is anyone else as confused as I am? Personally i would rather drink water from the well, than water from the river.

    August 21, 2009 at 3:20 p.m.
  • I am sure its put in upstream of the measure device so that it can be recorded. Should the flow drop below a certain cfs then it affects the chemical plants take of water way further down stream. And by golly we can't let them shutdown any part of their operation.

    August 21, 2009 at 2:48 p.m.
  • 110 from the well to the river, 100 out of the river to the treatment plant.

    August 21, 2009 at 2:31 p.m.
  • Let's see..due to evaporation the city takes 100 gallons out of the well and puts back 110 gallons from the river. A constant movement. Makes sense to me.

    August 21, 2009 at 2:23 p.m.
  • Okay, so where is the water coming from or going to come from to "put back.....into the well"?

    August 21, 2009 at 1:01 p.m.
  • Understood, but why again are there some hydrants blasting water in the heat of the day?

    August 21, 2009 at 12:57 p.m.