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Published on June 20, 2024
Kyle Bolsters Water Supply with Pipeline and San Marcos Deal Amid Drought ChallengesSource: Facebook/The City of Kyle, TX - Local Government

In a move to address persistent water scarcity exacerbated by ongoing drought conditions, the City of Kyle is tapping into additional water sources to meet the demands of its growing population. KXAN reports that a 20-mile pipeline expected to bring in an additional 1.7 million gallons per day from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer will soon supplement the city's water supply. With completion slated for early 2025, Kyle's director of water utilities, Mike Murphy, assures residents that the city's water supply, currently at 5.7 million gallons per day, is sufficient, stating, "Water is always going to be a concern, [but] I don’t think we should be worried about it."

The urgency to secure water resources has led Kyle to also forge an agreement with San Marcos, enabling it to acquire a monthly volume of water from its neighbor's Edwards Aquifer Authority well, as per CBS Austin. The three-year deal, unanimously backed by Kyle City Council, is designed to quickly bring about a balance between the cities' water resources. Kyle District 4 City Councilmember Lauralee Harris mentioned, "It’s not like we're out of water or that the aquifer is out of water. It's a matter of just collaborating and adjusting those percentages to what is equitable."

San Marcos has shown a willingness to share, but not without voicing concerns about conservation and responsible usage. During the agreement discussions, San Marcos Place 4 City Councilmember Shane Scott sought assurances, asking, "Can we ask them to mirror the same restrictions information, and commercialism enforcement as we do?" Tyler Hjorth, San Marcos Utilities Director, assured that Kyle is obliged to meet, if not exceed, San Marcos' conservation requirements and has been "very aggressive in the enforcement program," as detailed by CBS Austin.

The financial implications of the agreement between Kyle and San Marcos for additional water supply are estimated to be minimal. According to the City of Kyle, the yearly impact is expected to range from $273,984 to a maximum of $555,576. Despite this deal, San Marcos officials confirm that their city’s water supply, rates, and existing drought restrictions will not be affected. With these strategies in place, both Kyle and San Marco’s collaborative efforts seem poised to manage the ongoing water scarcity with pragmatic solutions.