I’m pretty sure I learned about aquifers in a middle school classroom during a science unit on the water cycle. But, like most people, I’ve entirely forgotten what I learned or didn’t pay close attention.

But in the last few years, since I started covering Hays County, I’ve heard the term countless times: How a recent rainfall recharged an aquifer or how an aquifer doesn’t have enough water to supply a growing community. But what exactly are aquifers? And how do they allow water from the sky to end up in our faucets?

Read more from Maya Nawaz with KUT 90.5 here.