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The Source: Calls For Development Freeze Over Recharge Zone

Paul Flahive

Water conservation advocates are calling on the San Antonio Water System to cease permits for service to new developments over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone until a plan for growth can be established. The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance wants to ensure less ground cover for the area that refills our water supply.

The announcement comes as SAWS continues its negotiations with Vista Ridge for the largest non-Edwards water supply in the city's history. The deal makes many conservation advocates nervous as the sudden influx of expensive water could incentivize SAWS to be focused on selling rather than conserving water.

The Edwards Aquifer also sits precariously on the precipice of stage four drought restrictions, an unprecedented threshold.


  • Terry Burns, conservation co-chair for the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club.
  • Annalisa Peace, executive director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, which works for water conservation.
  • Greg Flores, vice president of communications at the San Antonio Water System

*This is the second segment in the July 23 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. Audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

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