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New restrictions proposed for Ogallala Aquifer wells

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Restrictions could soon be placed on all those who pump water from the Ogallala Aquifer. On Monday, the Board of Directors of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District Number 1 approved amendments to their rules.

The amendments would limit how much people can pump in the 16-county district and require the use of meters or another approved measuring system. The purpose is to meet the district's 50-50 goal. That is to have 50% of the water remaining in the Ogallala still be there in 50 years.

Some say the logic is flawed. "To be a good steward is wise, but you have to understand that if you can't sustain life between now and 50 years from now, what's the point," Rick Bennett said. 

"Now this is a bad year to start, this drought year. Last year was a great year.We had very little decline in our aquifer. This year is the reverse, and we have that in life,"  High Plains Water Conservation District No. 1 General Manger Jim Conkwright said. 

The water district will hold two public hearings on the proposed changes. Both will be held on June 27th. The first will be at the Dimmitt Junior High Auditorium at 9:00 a.m.  The second will be at the Levelland Junior High Auditorium at 3:00 p.m.

The district will also post the proposed changes on their website.  If you would like to see the proposed changes, (Click Here).

Written comments must be at the district office by July 11th, and a final decision is expected on July 19th.

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