SOLUTION TO DROUGHT IN TEXAS
Texas is in the grip of drought. Towns and farms are suffering because existing water storage is depleted. More water storage is needed, but building surface reservoirs in areas of high evaporation does not make sense. Water, available seasonally, or during storms, can be captured, stored underground in depleted aquifers and pumped back to the surface for use in times of need. The process is known as aquifer storage recovery (ASR) and is a very cost effective solution that can be implemented quickly and incrementally well by well.
Rep. Lyle Larson, Texas House Member, District 122, San Antonio, TX will give the conference keynote presentation
“The potential of ASR to meet future Texas water needs.”
ASR technology has been used as a water management strategy all over the world, with over 100 operating systems in the USA. However, ASR is not yet widely adopted in Texas. San Antonio Water System does have a successful ASR project and there are others in Texas in various stages of planning & development. The conference will bring together engineers, scientists, planners, water-resource managers, agency professionals and attorneys to share up-to-date information about ASR. At this July 24 conference in Austin, experts with ASR experience will explain the challenges, feasibility, potential, regulatory concerns and the economic & environmental benefits of ASR. The program will describe ASR from scientific, engineering, management and regulatory perspectives and will explain the basic economics of ASR projects in Texas and in other states where aquifer recharge is already a significant part of the portfolio of water management strategies.
The thirteen presenters at the program, (details at http://www.agwt.org/events)include David Pyne, President of ASR Systems, LLC, who is recognized internationally as a leading ASR expert and Dr. Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator, Texas Water Development Board who will give a Texas perspective. Jeff Barry (Oregon), Dr. John Jansen (Wisconsin) and Michael Bitner (New Mexico) will provide insight to successful ASR projects that could be models for implementation in Texas. Dr. John M. Sharp, Carlton Professor of Geology, Department of Geological Sciences, UT, Austin will anchor the end-of-conference discussion session.
With close to 100 people already registered, this July 24 conference is likely to be a sell-out.
“A nation that fails to plan intelligently for the development and protection of its precious waters
will be condemned to wither because of its shortsightedness. “ Lyndon B, Johnson