by Christa Lollis
HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - There are aquifers all over the East Texas area.
Nacogdoches, Angelina and Cherokee counties are just some of the counties already using those resources to their benefit.
Now, Houston County is looking into how a ground water conservation system would work there. County Judge Lonnie Hunt said, "We're blessed that we're sitting on top of a very major aquifer and it's a very large aquifer that has a large recharge zone north of us so that we're, we probably have as much ground water here as anybody."
The quality of water would remain the same according to Hunt, and in the long run it would make it less likely the county would run out of water, because with the conservation plan water use is more regulated. "Conserving ground water and making sure that you don't use more that is being replenished or recharged so that 20 and 30 and 50 years from now we still have a good supply of ground water," Hunt said.
A conservation system would cost money but Judge Hunt explains that a tax increase is not something he will support. "I'm certainly opposed to anything that requires a property tax for it. If we're not able to do something without a property tax then I think our best option is to do nothing."
The judge feels a ground water system would be an asset for the county. The plan would be to join another county's system or start a new one for Houston County.