Texas is no stranger to drought. The
seven-year drought of record in the
1950s was a turning point in Texas
history that led to the formation of the
Texas Water Development Board. Since
then, Texas has faced several droughts
including the most recent and most
severe drought that began in 2011. This
website brings together relevant
resources, links, data and analyses to
provide updated information on drought
TWDB's Recorder Well Program has more
than doubled in the past 15 years,
partially because more groundwater
conservation districts are participating
in the program. TWDB currently maintains
184 recorders in 79 counties. In
addition to the TWDB network, the U.S.
Geological Survey and the Edwards
Aquifer Authority also maintain their
own networks of recorder wells in the
state. All of these data, including the
U.S. Geological Survey and Edwards
Aquifer Authority networks, are now
available also on this website.
WATER DATA FOR
AUGUST 15, 2012
HGCD DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS
Notice: Stage Two Drought
Groundwater Conservation District Drought
Contingency Plan has been revised. Drought
Stages are now triggered by the HGCD Drought
Index Well Levels. 1410 ft. – Stage 1, 1400 ft.
– Stage 2, 1390 ft. – Stage 3, and 1380 ft. –
Stage 4. The current Index level is at 1395 ft.
above mean sea level. The Palmer Drought
Severity Index and Guadalupe River Flow at
Kerrville will still be considered when
initiating these stages.
Exempt Well Owners are not restricted in terms
of percentage reduction but are encouraged to
apply the recommended watering practices and
restrict non-essential water uses as listed in
the District Drought Plan. Due to last
year’s drought, aquifer levels did not have the
normal fall and winter recovery. A drop in
aquifer levels may cause the water level in
certain wells to fall below the well pump.
A pump installer can install a pump protector in
a well to shut the pump down if it runs out of
water and not damage the pump.
To view the entire
contents of the HGCD Drought Contingency Plan,
please go to