Water board may OK contract with consultant to analyze Trinity Aquifer as water source

Steve Nash steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
The search for water

Brown County Water Improvement District directors will consider approving a contract for $50,000 with Collier Consulting of Stephenville when they meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Collier Consulting proposes to conduct a desktop study of the Trinity Aquifer in eastern Brown County, Water District General Manager Dennis Spinks said earlier. Collier would begin analyzing whether the Trinity would be a supplemental water source that would ease the demands on Lake Brownwood.

The desktop study would be the first phase of a potential three-phase project.

In the desktop study, Spinks said, earlier, Collier Consulting would perform an analysis “just to get an idea of what might be out there.” Collier would begin to analyze the quality and quantity of water in the Trinity. The company would pull available well logs and map out the aquifer, and determine where test wells might be drilled, Spinks said.

Future phases, if the water district goes forward with Collier, would include performing pump tests on existing wells and possibly drilling test wells, followed by an analysis of what would be involved in drilling a well field.

“If we could get 2 million gallons a day out of the Trinity, that would cut the demand on Lake Brownwood in half,” Spinks said earlier.