Saturday, February 10, 2007

A burning pile of mulch XII

The San Antonio Water System has agreed to let water be used the Helotes mulch pile, which has been burning since Christmas. But with conditions.


Under the SAWS plan, they will provide no more 300,000 gallons a day for fighting the fire. After three days of firefighting, efforts will cease for two days to test more than 30 wells.

If the wells show no contamination, efforts will continue.

"If anything shows up in the aquifer or if anything shows up in the local wells TCEQ, will immediately stop the operation,” said Steve Clouse, of the SAWS.

In addition to the two-day tests, TCEQ will sample all wells in the area twice a day.

Complicated, but better than doing nothing, I suppose.

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