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.