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Water, Texas: When it rains, Texas forgets drought and worsening water scarcity

Among the famed springs that distinguish the Texas Hill Country as a region of crystal-clear water and iconic swimming holes, Jacob’s Well stands out. The spring’s water source is rain that falls on the thin soils of Hays County and filters through porous limestone before filling a network of deep, ancient caves…

When it’s wet in Hays County and the 16 other counties that form the Hill Country, Jacob’s Well pours about 900 gallons a minute into Cypress Creek, more than enough to fill the Blue Pool downstream that is a summertime recreational asset in this town of 3,000 residents. In wet years, ample rainfall means that the various circumstances of economic development — population growth, land use changes, water supply — are like soft breezes, licks of wind that are not terribly distracting.

Read the first installment of the five-part “Water, Texas” series from Keith Schneider with Circle of Blue here.