At the June 4th Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board meeting, District Directors voted to suspend drought stage in the Jacobs Well Groundwater Management Zone (Map Here).
“Wimberley Valley water utilities and their customers are doing a remarkable job adapting to the new Management Zone drought curtailment schedules.” reports Linda Kaye Rogers, HTGCD Board President “Thank you to everyone in the Management Zone who worked to protect the water supply by conserving in the months of April and May.”
Recent rains have recharged the aquifer in the Jacobs Well Groundwater Management Zone and across the county. Jacobs Well Spring has exceeded its minimum drought stage flow fate and all permittees in the Zone may move to 0% curtailment.
April and May curtailment requirements were 30% and 20% from normal. The District waived April’s 30% curtailment in recognition that many families were sheltering in place and may require additional water. Utilities reported average usage despite more users at working from home.
“Next week’s forecast calls for 100+ degree days so, please remember to conserve water and limit outdoor uses in order to prepare for a long hot summer.” says District Manager Charlie Flatten. “The water you conserve today — is water you may need tomorrow.”
The Texas Water Development Board’s U.S. Drought Monitor page shows creeping drought conditions across the state, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) predicts a hotter than average summer.
Please visit the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District website for more drought information and for tips on conservation at home.