Thursday, May 25, 2017

This Weekend is Tax Free Weekend...Water Efficient Products!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!
You can buy certain water-efficient and water-conserving products tax free during the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday—THIS WEEKEND. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can buy.

The 2017 holiday begins Saturday, May 27, and goes through Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day).

Examples of tax free purchases:
·         Showerheads, toilets, faucets
·         Soaker hoses, mulch, soil, compost
·         Rain barrels, alternative rain and moisture collection system
·         Plants, trees, grasses

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Beginning of Water Conservation Period

The District’s Water Conservation Period starts Monday, May 1st and extends through the end of September— the time when water use is at its peak.

Since January 2016, groundwater levels in the District have been above drought thresholds.  Recent wet weather has helped augment water supplies, but there is still a need to conserve water resources.  The last drought proved that surface water and groundwater resources are precious and limited.  Water conservation through the summer months can help us delay and/or avoid another drought situation.

Starting on May 1st, Austin Water Utility restricts outdoor watering to no more than twice per week, and the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District initiates a voluntary 10% reduction in groundwater pumping by its permittees.  Though the approaches are different, the goal is the same—prolong water availability throughout the hottest and driest portion of the year.

John Dupnik, Aquifer District General Manager notes, “Through being mindful of smart water use during the hot summer months, a little effort by individual end-users, when multiplied across central Texas, can do a great amount of good.”

“Our groundwater users are traditionally very conscious of water use.  Simple leak fixes and water conservation choices can add up to make a big difference in extending our long-term water supply,” states Robin Gary, Senior Public Information and Education Coordinator.

Water conservation strategies, rainwater harvesting information, water-wise landscaping ideas, and self irrigation audit guidance is available at

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

BSEACD Scientific Presentations

Lovelady well height: 541.43 ft-msl (112.39 ft- Depth to Water)
Barton Springs: approxamately 108 cfs 10-day average

District staff have made several presentations at conferences such as the South Central Geological Society Annual Meeting and the Gulf Coast Geological Society Annual Meeting.  These meetings allow for increased dialog that helps vet and extend research. 

The published abstracts, papers, and several of the presentations are available online: