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San Antonio begins capping catfish farm's well

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 December 09, 2018 10:05 AM December 09, 2018 in News - AP Texas Headlines

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio catfish farm that brought national attention to the region's groundwater politics is having its well capped after a decade of litigation.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that Living Waters Artesian Springs Catfish Farm owner Ronnie Pucek fought for years over the Edwards Aquifer, which was deemed the world's largest artesian well and sat on his property. But now the San Antonio Water System is sealing the well following a $30 million buyout of the catfish farm.

The $1.4 million project is part of the city water system's plans to return the site to its native brushland.

Environmentalists and residents had expressed outrage in the past over the catfish farm being entitled to pump as much water as they wished from the well that could serve nearly a fourth of the city's population.

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