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Friday, Saturday Rains Had Little Impact on Local Drought Conditions

Friday, Saturday Rains Had Little Impact on Local Drought Conditions

  We got some heavy rains on Friday, but the rains weren't nearly enough to make a dent in our three year old drought, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  The rains did bump the level of the Edwards Aquifer up to 637.1 feet above sea level, that is a healthy increase of more than three feet over the Friday reading.

 

  But the Aquifer level today is still 11 feet below where it was on September 23 of 2012, and is more than 23 feet below the historic average for mid September, according to figures released by the Edwards Aquifer Authority.

 

  In fact, the level of the Aquifer has already begun to fall slightly, in hour by hour reading reported by the agency.

 

  The Lower Colorado River Authority, which is in charge of managing the Highland Lakes which provide water to Austin and the Hill Country, says the rains, which were heavier north of San Antonio, did provide some relief to rapidly falling reservoirs.

 

  "This rain fell in the right spots to help the lakes, but the ground is so dry a lot of it soaked in," LCRA General Manager Becky Motal said.  "But even so, we're seeing good inflows into the Highland Lakes and we expect to see the numbers continuing to go up for a few more days.  It's not a drought buster, but it is definitely welcome."

 

  The problem is the region is in the third year of lower than normal rainfall, which means it the Aquifer and the lakes began the year substantially lower than they usually begin the spring watering season.  Rains need to make up for not just the current year's drought, but for the drought of the past two years as well.

 

 The San Antonio Water System remains in Stage Two water restrictions, and many surrounding water districts are in Stage Three.  The Friday rains are not expected to have any impact on those restrictions.

 

 

 

 

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