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.Email | Print