After sitting dry for 222 days, Jacob’s Well, the iconic artesian spring near Wimberley, has started to flow again. From mid-June through mid-January, the popular swimming hole was a miserable sight: the water level had receded below the lip of the well’s mouth, leaving behind bleached limestone and a dead-looking Cypress Creek, usually the very picture of a healthy Hill Country stream. Hays County, which manages the spring as a park, banned swimming. Today, thanks to beneficial rainfall, the spring is gushing forth again from the Trinity Aquifer, the much-stressed groundwater source underlying much of the Hill Country.

Read more from Forrest Wilder with Texas Monthly here.