Submitted to the Wimberley View, June 16, 2015
Western Hays County, the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) Board of Directors took action last week, June 17, and approved HTGCD Board Order 176, Return to No Drought Stage status. Local drought trigger conditions met the criteria of 60 consecutive days of flow above drought stage Alarm. HTGCD’s drought triggers, the Pedernales and Blanco Rivers, are monitored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) who collect and distribute data using satellite technology. The drought trigger data can be reviewed on HTGCD’s website www.haysgroundwater.com under Drought Management.
HTGCD currently has 67 Non-Exempt permit holders within its boundaries. All permit holders are mandated by HTGCD Rule to reduce their groundwater production during times of drought. HTGCD encourages all residents and HTGCD operating permit holders to continue to use caution even during this new No Drought Stage status as the summer heat will again be soon upon us all. All permit holders have been notified of the new drought stage status that will commence July 1, 2015. Please contact your local water supplier with questions concerning any water restrictions and cutbacks they might have for your area.
To help, HTGCD asks that all residents of Western Hays County continue to rally around our local Trinity Aquifer by reducing personal water usage. If you are currently using groundwater for your business, in any fashion other than agricultural use, you are required by Legislation to have an operating permit with HTGCD. Operating permit applications can be completed and submitted on-line on the HTGCD’s website under Forms.
Rick Broun – HTGCD District Manager