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SAWS Stops Pumping from Medina Lake

By Bill O'Neil

San Antonio won't see any more wter in it's taps from South Texas' disappearing lake.

SAWS made the decision to stop taking water from Medina Lake--as officials noticed a continuing decline in the quality of the water they were getting. 

"The water does not have a lot of oxygen in it--and as a result we're seeing escalating levels of algae and other organic matter in it" said Anne Hayden with SAWS. She told 550 KTSA News the transition to water from the Edwards Aquifer to replace what was being taken from the lake ahs been seamless. 

"We had already started blending water from Medina Lake with Edwards water to try to improve it. Now what we have done is convert completely over to SAWS permitted Edwards water" Hayden said. 

While officials aid they may at some point in the future again pump water out of Medina Lake--it will take quite soem time--and quite a bit of rainfall--to replenish the lake to the point where they'll be comfortable doing that.   

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