August 21, 2014
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Return to Stage II Alarm Drought
Strategic Walk and Talk
Current Aquifer Conditions
The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is committed to conserving, protecting, recharging, and preventing waste of groundwater and to preserving all aquifers within the District.
The District was created in 1987 by the Texas Legislature as the responsible public authority and the preferred entity for managing groundwater
in District aquifers.
Aquifer District Returns to Stage II Alarm Drought
Aquifer District Returns to Stage II Alarm Drought. The District’s Board of Directors declared Stage II Alarm Drought at the August 14th Board Meeting, effective immediately. Lovelady monitor well, one of the District’s two drought-trigger sites, crossed below its Stage II Alarm Drought water level of 478.4 feet above mean sea level in mid-July.
All permittees must achieve at least a 20% reduction in monthly pumpage. Permittees with conditional permits have to reduce use even further. End-user customers served by water utilities on groundwater wells are required to comply with their utility’s water use restrictions for this drought stage. Generally, restricting outdoor water use, including limiting landscape irrigation, pool filling & refilling, and non-essential water use such as water fountains, is sufficient to reach monthly pumpage targets for Stage II Alarm Drought.
Press Release available here:
Barton Springs Discharge
Lovelady Indicator Well
(feet above mean sea level)