Underground Water District Proposes Less Restrictive Rules

Directors of the water district responsible for 16 counties including Lubbock are proposing less restrictive rules than ones that angered farmers and cattlemen earlier this year. The High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 will hold public hearings later this month on the draft rules. But for now, affected groups seemed pleased that the district’s directors yesterday heeded their calls for allowing more water to be used each year from the Ogallala Aquifer and allowing producers to keep water they don’t pump one year for use the next year.  Landowners must still meter their wells, which will be costly on big acreages. They will also have to submit annual reports on water usage. The district’s public hearings will be held on June 27th in Dimmitt and in Levelland.

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