Drou­ght-strick­en Medina Lake shuts dam gates

Former BexarMet customers unaffected

BANDERA COUNTY, Texas - Barely at 15 percent of its capacity, drought stricken Medina Lake has shut its dam gates, also now that farmers have finished irrigating crops.


Anne Hayden, San Antonio Water System spokeswoman, said prior to the agency's takeover of BexarMet, customers on the city's south side would get treated water from Medina Lake.

"It's another example of voters who chose to integrate the two systems," Hayden said.

Now that the transition is complete, Hayden said those customers are now getting Edwards Aquifer groundwater.

"It's not going to impact the Southside because of that decision months ago," Hayden said.

Ed Berger, manager of Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Water District No. 1, said its contract now with SAWS designates up to 20,000 acre-feet.

However, Hayden said for now, SAWS is not pulling Medina Lake water.

But, if needed, Berger said it is ready to meet its commitment, despite the low lake level.

"The water is still sitting there to satisfy the municipal water needs for SAWS," Berger said.


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