Thursday, December 11, 2008

Drought Status: Alarm

Current drought trigger levels:
Barton Springs = 19.9 cfs (10-day avg)
Lovelady Well = 192.6 feet

Critical Stage Drought is nearly upon us. This hydrologic drought is directly the result of the past 15+ months of predominantly below average rainfall. This is the 4th driest year on record (at Camp Mabry) and the driest since 1956. The Board will likely upgrade the drought stage from Alarm to Critical at tonight's meeting.

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 spring flow.