In the quest for more water, Hays County is paying $1 million a year to call dibs.
Commissioners approved a deal last week with Forestar, a real estate and water marketing firm, to pay now for the right to someday tap billions of gallons of groundwater underneath Bastrop and Lee counties. Experts say the deal could be the shape of things to come as thirsty, fast-growing areas eye potential alternative water sources amid one of the worst droughts in state history.
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