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This Massive Sinkhole Near San Antonio Helps Recharge South Central Texas’ Drinking Water

mysanantonio.com

On a private ranch west of San Antonio, there’s a massive sinkhole that pours tons of water into the Edwards Aquifer, the main drinking water source of South Central Texans.

According to mysanantonio.com, the sinkhole dumps 500 cubic feet of water per second, which is roughly equivalent to an Olympic size swimming pool every three minutes.

There are a number of sink holes just like this one around South Central Texas. Each one helps recharge the aquifer full of water. When the water enters the sinkhole, it goes into a deep cavern and then disperses throughout the aquifer.

See the massive sinkhole in action in this cool aerial video.

The Edwards Aquifer is one of the most important water sources in the United States. The natural artesian well provides drinking water for humans and numerous other species and is a major source for agriculture water in the region.

Water levels have been above average in South Central Texas this year due to heavy rains.

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This Massive Sinkhole Near San Antonio Helps Recharge South Central Texas’ Drinking Water