Overage attributed to ‘full-tilt’ use of well
that the city’s pumping affected adjacent wells.
As of now, the city is the district’s only permitholder to over-pump this year.
The district issues fines of $500 for failure to comply with the terms of an operating permit, and $5 per 1,000 gallons pumped in excess of the amount permitted.
Ferguson attributed much of the overage to when the city was starting up the well, which had been dormant before the city started pumping from it this summer.
“We were running the thing full-tilt to try to get (the grass) established,” he said.
He said the city didn’t want to irrigate with the well but that tight drought restrictions implemented by Wimberley Water Supply Corporation prohibited the city from watering the fields enough to establish the new turf.
Ferguson estimated that the fields cost about $100,000, part of the nearly $3.5 million park, parts of which opened last year.
“We had an investment we had to protect,” he said.
The city had sought a permit for 15 acre feet of water per year, Ferguson said, the estimated amount needed to help the grass on the fields take root.
He said he expects the fields, about 4 acres in all, to open in about eight months.