No fine for homeowner who pumped millions of gallons of water from Guadalupe River

No fine for homeowner who pumped millions of gallons of water from Guadalupe River

Credit: Dillon Collier / KENS 5

No fine for homeowner who pumped millions of gallons of water from Guadalupe River

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by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on February 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 1:54 PM

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says it will not fine a Spring Branch homeowner who used a commercial pump and generator to take water from the Guadalupe River.

That section of the river is in the midst of a severe drought, according to the TCEQ.

The homeowner told investigators from the South Texas Watermaster's Office he was using the water to fill a stock tank for horses to drink from.

The TCEQ determined not enough water had been diverted from the river to warrant a fine.

Neighbors complained the pump ran around the clock for three straight weeks.

A well and pump expert who works along the Guadalupe River estimated the pump took out between five and 15 million gallons during that span of time.

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