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New water restrictions have PCG asking for changes

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

In Lubbock's economy, the cotton industry is king.  And the king is not ready to accept new restrictions on water wells recently enacted by the 16-county High Plains Underground Water Conservation District, at least not as-is. 

Any water well capable of pumping more than 17.5 gallons per minute must be registered with HPUWCD.  Domestic wells for household use are exempt but not wells for use on cotton fields.

Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Growers would like HPUWCD to consider some changes such as alternative metering systems and exemptions to certain restrictions for those who own contiguous properties.  PCG is also asking HPUWCD to put the new rules on hold until 2013.

"We want to work with the water district to create workable solutions to ensure the future of our water resources for generations to come without forcing economic hardships on our irrigated agriculture today," said PCG President Brad Heffington. 

No word yet on whether HPUWCD will take the recommendations.  The HPUWCD board has a meeting on Tuesday. 

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