Thursday, November 20, 2008

Critical Stage Drought nearly upon us

Drought Status: Alarm

Current drought trigger levels:
Barton Springs = 20.4 cfs (10-day avg)
Lovelady Well = 191.8 feet

Critical Stage Drought is nearly upon us. This hydrologic drought is directly the result of the past 14 months of predominantly below average rainfall. Without any substantial and sustained rains before the next Board meeting (December 11), the aquifer conditions will indicate Critical Stage Drought, and the Board will likely make an official declaration.

Alarm Stage Drought requires a reduction of 20% of normal monthly water usage by permit holders. Critical Stage drought will require a reduction of 30%. We further ask all who use groundwater to conserve water to help maintain water levels and springflow.