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Jacobs Well Groundwater Management Zone to Help Protect Cypress Creek Watershed Well Owners During Drought

March 7, 2020 (pinned)
In response to community requests for additional protections in Wimberley Valley’s Cypress Creek Watershed, The Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors passed new rules to protect water resources and springflow during drought.

“I believe the intent of the Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone is not only to protect the flow of Cypress Creek, but also to protect the resources and property of the citizens that reside in the Wimberley Valley.“ Hays County Commissioner Precinct 3, Lon Shell

The Board created the Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone based on findings from a multi-agency scientific study headed up by Edwards Aquifer Authority and the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment hydrogeologists.

Those findings support a year-long stakeholder process designed to get consensus support from all user group representatives. Stakeholder participants from Hays County Precinct 3, local Water Supply Corporations, developers, Blue Hole, the Villages of Wimberley, Woodcreek and Wimberley, and local small business owners reached accord on large volume commercial pumping limitations during drought.

New rules will require cutbacks in pumping in the 39mi2 Groundwater Management Zone when Jacob’s Well flow falls below 6-cubic feet per second. Pumping cutbacks will increase as flow diminishes.

Hays Trinity GCD Board President Linda Kaye Rogers says “The District recognizes that these rules are not designed to guarantee local spring flow at Jacob’s Well or at Pleasant Valley Springs — but rather to prolong healthy aquifer conditions and help protect local water wells during drought conditions.”

“There is nothing the District can do to create new water during drought.” Says District Manager Charlie Flatten. “This is a shared resource and all users have a shared interest in making sure that all water is used in a responsible fashion for essential purposes.”

Cutbacks only apply to the ten largest groundwater users in the Zone including Aqua and Wimberley WSC.  See District Management Zone webpage for details.

 

Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Enacts Drought Curtailment

May 8, 2020

At the May 7th Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board meeting, District Directors voted to move the Jacobs Well Groundwater Management Zone into 20% Curtailment drought status.

“Prolonging the health of our critical aquifer resources is the responsibility of the District. We are asking that well owners limit outdoor water uses in order to protect healthy indoor conditions at home.” says Linda Kaye Rogers, HTGCD Board President

Area water supply utilities have reported that water use for March and April is only slightly higher than last year at this time, indicating that a lack of rain is to blame for the low flow at Jacobs Well Spring.

The immediate rainfall forecast shows no major rain events in the near future. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts average rainfall and higher than average temperatures through July.

“We are hearing reports of both septic system and water well pump failures” says District Manager Charlie Flatten. “In order to avoid dry wells and pump failures, please limit your water use to what you need indoors in order to stretch our limited supplies through the summer” .

Many residents in the Wimberley Valley including Wimberley Water Supply Corporation customers are already under strict conservation restrictions.

Please visit the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District website for more drought information and for tips on conservation at home.

 

Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Delays Drought Cutbacks

April 3, 2020
At the April 2 Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board meeting, District Directors voted to delay an order that would put the Jacobs Well Groundwater Management Zone (MAP here) into drought status.

“With folks sheltering in place in order to protect their families from to exposure to the Covid-19 virus, the District recognizes that water usage will go up in homes” said Linda Kaye Rogers, HTGCD Board President “The District continue to monitor the situation and act in the best interest of the public.”

The District recognizes that there will be much more residential use and less commercial use. In order to prolong the health of our critical aquifer resources, the District is asking that where possible everyone limit outdoor water uses in order to protect healthy indoor conditions at home.

“Summer is coming, and drought usually follows” says District Manager Charlie Flatten. “We may all be required to shelter at home for a while, and we don’t want wells going dry during this emergency. Please limit your water use to what you need indoors in order to stretch our limited supplies through the summer”.

If we get the rainfall that has been forecast in the springshed in the coming week, we should get out of our current drought status say District Geoscientist Philip Webster.

The Texas Water Development Board recognizes that Hays County and much of south Texas is currently experiencing abnormally dry or are under drought conditions. Many residents in the Wimberley Valley are already under conservation restrictions.

Please visit the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District website for more drought information and for tips on conservation at home.

 

Drought Stage Declarations

20-percent Drought Declaration for JWGMZ
A 20-percent declaration for the Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors on May 7, 2020
Drought Stage Returns to Voluntary Conservation
A No Drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors in ORDER 176 on June 17, 2015
Alarm Stage Drought Declaration
An Alarm Stage drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors and unanimously enacted in ORDER 175 on March 1, 2015
Critical Stage Drought Declaration
A Critical Stage drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors effective June 1, 2013.
Alarm Stage Drought Declaration
An Alarm Stage drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors and unanimously enacted in ORDER 157 on September 1, 2012.
Drought Stage Returns to Voluntary Conservation
A Voluntary Conservation drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors effective April 11, 2012. For full details, please see the order.
Critical Stage Drought Declaration
A Critical Stage drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors effective August 1, 2011. For full details, please see the announcement and order.
Alarm Stage Drought Declaration
An Alarm Stage drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors and unanimously enacted in ORDER 149 on May 9, 2011.
The order mandates that Non-Exempt Permit holders to reduce their use of groundwater by 20% of their total yearly permit production. The order also requests that Exempt well owners reduce their use by 20%.
For full details, please see the press release and the order.