As Texans, we understand that water is our most precious commodity.
You and I take for granted that when we turn on our faucets, out flows safe, clean water for drinking and other uses. We provide it to our pets, livestock and water our gardens with it.
Yet without even knowing it, one day we could be consuming water that contains bacteria, viruses, organic chemicals, flammables and other toxic materials. Why?
A portion of the proposed landfill site sits on top of an outcrop for the *Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. The contamination of this aquifer would result when leachate (the liquid that drains or “leaches” from a landfill) flows down the outcrop and into the aquifer.
Leachate is extremely toxic and dangerous! Several studies have shown that even though landfills may not receive “hazardous” waste, the leachate they produce is every bit as dangerous as leachate from hazardous waste landfills!
Bottom line: If there is even a very remote chance that this dump could contaminate the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer – our major source of water for Caldwell County – is it worth the risk? The answer of course, is NO! It is absolutely vital that we protect it at all costs!
The portion of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer Recharge Zone that crosses into proposed landfill site:
*The Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer extends from the Rio Grande in South Texas northeastward into Arkansas and Louisiana. It provides water to all or parts of 60 counties.