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Water Resources in the Central Texas Hill Country

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Living or building in the Hill Country brings water issues to the forefront. In a region that often experiences drought conditions, understanding groundwater issues, rainwater harvesting and water conservation can be critical knowledge. Become an expert on water in the Central Texas region, save money, and learn to use the gift of rainwater through these resources.

Hill Country rivers and streams can become empty, dry river beds during droughts. Aquifer levels can dramatically drop to alarming levels. Using water conservation methods and alternative water resources can make a huge difference in meeting demand and maintaining an adequate supply for people, livestock and gardens.

Below are selected links and resources to help you stay informed about supply, access and options for Hill Country homes, ranches and businesses.


Rainwater Harvesting To The Rescue - A Wimberley local's perspective on living in his water stressed locality. Showing that everyone can benefit from various levels of water catchment.

Rainwater Harvesting - How to develop a rainwater harvesting system for your landscape. How it works, simple and complex systems, drinking water source, system maintenance, and online calculator and other resources. (From Texas A & M)

Texas Guide to Rainwater Harvesting - A pdf publication from the Texas Water Development Board in cooperation with the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. Highly-detailed, with illustrations, this is the third (and latest) edition.

TWRI - The Texas Water Resources Institute serves as a focal point for water-related research at Texas universities, encouraging discussion of statewide issues through meetings and multi-university studies. The Institute links academic expertise with state and federal agencies, strengthening water research and education. Additionally, the Institute provides leadership for water resources programs through grant administration, pre-award services, project management, communications and facilitation of interagency collaboration.

A Homeowner's Project - Rainwater collection information including diagrams, spreadsheets, and suggestions from Central Texas homeowners who have successfully installed and enjoyed the benefits of a rainwater collection system.

Rainwater Collection Companies - A list to get you started here in the Home Guide. As with any product purchase or service, be sure to check references and shop around before deciding on a supplier or installer.


The Edwards Aquifer Authority - Programs, plans, rules, aquifer levels, meetings and hearings and more.

The Edwards Aquifer - News, information, hydrogeology, essays, charts and graphs, and sections on modeling, alternatives, frequently asked questions and endangered species.


Wimberley Valley Watershed Association - With a mission to preserve, educate and inform, this groups also offers a news and events page for latest news about water and water quality, workshops and other information and resources.

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