During the last 30 days, the daily flows of both Blanco River and Pedernales River have crossed into Emergency Stage drought conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor weekly assessments have been showing Extreme and Exceptional Drought conditions for the District.
Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District has declared Emergency Stage drought status with an effective date of August 1, 2022. All active permit holders received a drought stage notification on July 26, 2022 to begin reducing production.
Emergency Stage drought status for all “Non-Exempt Permit Holders” is a mandatory and enforceable 40 percent curtailment of pumping production permits. Failure to do so will be a direct violation of permit terms and District Rules. Permit Holders are to refer to the District’s Drought Contingency Plan and the Drought Production Cutback Chart for each individual permit holder’s reduction amount; Emergency Stage drought status for all “Exempt” well owners is a request by the Board of Directors to reduce groundwater use by 40 percent.