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August 2nd, 2011
HTGCD declares Stage 3 water use restrictions

STAFF REPORT

The current drought has led the groundwater district in western Hays County to declare increased water use restrictions for groundwater users.

Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) board members voted unanimously late last month to enter Stage 3 Critical drought restrictions, which impose a mandatory, 30 percent reduction of groundwater pumping for all non‐exempt permit holders, effective Aug. 1.

Groundwater users without HTGCD-issued permits may be classified as exempt users, who the district defines as residential users of groundwater.

HTGCD has requested that all exempt groundwater users participate in water conservation by reducing their use by 30 percent.

Stage 3 is second only to the most severe drought stage, which is Stage 4 Emergency. According to HTGCD’s website, the district is closer to entering Stage 4 than it is to entering the less-severe Stage 2 Alarm.

HTGCD has asked water supply company customers to follow drought contingency plans issued by their suppliers, who may include the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), Aqua Texas, Dripping Springs Water Supply, among others.

According to HTGCD officials, the current drought may be the worst in recorded history. HTGCD officials urged residents to protect the Trinity Aquifer by being more aware of water use and conserve the resource.

San Marcos River Foundation Executive Director Dianne Wassenich said what happens to the Trinity Aquifer is critical to people who value the San Marcos River. The Blanco River, which flows into the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, is partially fed by springs flowing from the Trinity Aquifer. The Edwards Aquifer supplies the San Marcos Springs, which feed the San Marcos River.

San Marcos residents — including those in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction — do not live within HTGCD’s jurisdiction.

HTGCD offers water conservation tips on its website, where it also lists monthly water levels and drought triggers. Those who wish to see the state-wide drought conditions may go here.

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One thought on “HTGCD declares Stage 3 water use restrictions

  1. a moratorium on apartment developing would be a needed step in the right direction. our water supply is finite in the sense that if it does not rain the aquifer level drops daily. and the traffic is becoming horrendous. building new streets is an expense we cannot afford. our power grid is now struggling to keep transmitting power during this very hot and dry weather. maybe it is time for san marcos to slow it’s growth rate. no more tax advantages for developers as the tax burdened citizens pick up the bill.

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