By Regina M. Buono and Katherine R. Zodrow
Texas loses between five to six million acre-feet of water per year to evaporation from surface water supply reservoirs. Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), whereby water supplies are stored underground, may provide a useful strategy for managing and protecting water supplies. However, in order for ASR to be effective, Texas will need to enact policies that ensure the protection of groundwater resources and property rights and, ideally, ease the regulatory disconnect between surface water and groundwater.
Read "Texas should ease regulatory hurdles for aquifer storage and recovery programs," in the May 19, 2015, Baker Institute Blog.