New Braunfels Aquifer Storage and Recovery Demonstration Project

Project Summary:

The Edwards Aquifer Authority, in partnership with New Braunfels Utilities, plans to drill one wireline core hole and one monitor well into the brackish zone of the Edwards Aquifer. Samples and geophysical logs from the core hole will be analyzed for aquifer storage and recovery compatibility. Short duration pump testing of the monitor well will be used to evaluate formation hydraulic properties.

TWDB Contract Manager:
Matthew Webb
Funding Recipient:
Edwards Aquifer Authority
Project Administrator:
Fred Blumberg, Arcadis - U.S., Inc.
New Braunfels Utilities
Project Start Date:
January 19, 2016
Project Completion Date:
October 31, 2017
Total Project Cost:
TWDB Share of Project Cost:
Geochemical, water quality, lithologic, and hydraulic performance data collected from these tests will provide New Braunfels Utilities the information needed to permit an aquifer storage and recovery well from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and assist in the development of a full-scale aquifer storage and recovery system. This is the first project to evaluate the brackish portion of the Edwards Aquifer as a potential storage location. Data collected and lessons learned will be of benefit to other water purveyors considering aquifer storage and recovery investigations in the brackish portion of the Edwards Aquifer.

Project Details


Project Sponsors:

Texas Water Development Board
Matthew Webb - Contract Manager
1700 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78711

Funding Recipient:

Edwards Aquifer Authority
Brock Curry – Deputy General Manager
900 E. Quincy Street
San Antonio, TX 78215-1415

Project Manager:

Arcadis, U.S. Inc.
Fred Blumberg – Technical Project Manager
1717 West 6th Street, Suite 210
Austin, TX 78703

Project Partners:

New Braunfels Utilities
Ian Taylor – Chief Executive Officer
263 Main Plaza
New Braunfels, TX 78131-0289

Project Consultants:

ASR Systems LLC
540 NE 5th Ave
Gainesville FL 32601

1812 Centre Creek Dr., Suite 300
Austin, TX 78754

Project Milestones

Event Date
Announcement of Request for Proposals in Texas Register October 9, 2015
Initial Statement of Interest received by TWDB November 3, 2015
Study approved by TWDB Board January 19, 2016
Contract executed September 27, 2016

Progress Reports

Final Deliverables

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