PCG EMAIL SERVICES: HPWD.ORG - Annual Water Level Measurements Show Average Decline of -0.56 of a Foot Within 16-County HPWD Service Area

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HPWD.ORG - Annual Water Level Measurements Show Average Decline of -0.56 of a Foot Within 16-County HPWD Service Area


LUBBOCK TX (April 22, 2015) -- Annual water level measurements indicate an average decline of -0.56 of a foot in the groundwater levels of the Ogallala Aquifer within the 16-county High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 (HPWD) service area from 2014 to 2015.

This decline is 0.76 of a foot less than the -1.32 feet decline recorded in 2013-2014 during continuing drought conditions.

The 10-year average change (2005-2015) was -10.27 feet while the five-year average change (2010-2015) was -5.69 feet.

Water level measurements are made from December to March each year in 1,418 privately-owned wells in the district's observation well network.  The winter measurements allow time for water levels in the aquifer to stabilize following the previous year's groundwater production.

"We are supplementing the district's water level observation program by establishing a water level observation network for wells completed in the Dockum Aquifer.  Although not included in the published report, we do expect these data to be available on the HPWD website in the near future," said HPWD General Manager Jason Coleman.

Results of the 2015 HPWD water level measurements are presented in a 76-page report available for online viewing/downloading at reports.hpwd.org.  A limited number of printed copies are available by contacting the HPWD office at (806) 762-0181.

As always, the HPWD Board of Directors and staff thank the many landowners and operators who continue to support the water level observation network by providing access to their wells for depth-to-water level measurements each year.

"These measurements provide a wealth of important information which assists the district with its water conservation efforts.  We greatly appreciate everyone's assistance," Coleman said.

Created in 1951 by local residents and the Texas Legislature, the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District is charged with the responsibility of conserving, preserving, protecting, and preventing waste of groundwater within its 16-county service area. Visit www.hpwd.org for more information.

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