Submitted to the Wimberley View, January 10, 2014
Western Hays County, the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors authorized Drought Stage, Alarm during its December Board meeting. Drought trigger conditions have met the criteria, 60 consecutive days of flow above stage trigger. Two of the District’s triggers, the Pedernales and Blanco Rivers, are monitored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) who collect and distribute data using satellite technology. The Palmer Drought Severity Index is the District’s third drought trigger. Drought condition data can be viewed on the District’s website www.haysgroundwater.com under Quick Links / Drought Management.
The District holds over 50 non-exempt permits within its boundaries. All permit holders are subject to drought conditional volume curtailments. If you are currently using groundwater for your business, in any fashion other than agricultural, you are required to have an operating permit with the District. Operating permit applications can be completed on the District’s website under Forms.
The District asks that all residents of western Hays County continue to help the Trinity Aquifer by reducing your personal groundwater usage. Fixing leaks and taking shorter showers are two ways that you can help. The water you save today may be the water you need tomorrow.
Thank you for your efforts,
Rick Broun-HTGCD General Manager