For Immediate Release: June 9, 2022
For more information, contact: David Marino, Communications & Outreach Manager at (512) 282-8441 or email@example.com
On June 9, 2022, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s Board of Directors declared Stage II Alarm Drought at its regular Board Meeting. The District’s drought triggers, Lovelady Monitor Well and Barton Springs, passed below their drought triggers in late May and early June respectively. Only one of the two drought stage triggers needs to be reached for a drought declaration to be made. However, to exit a drought stage, both Barton Springs and Lovelady must rise above their respective drought trigger values. This latter requirement keeps the District from making multiple declarations about drought over short periods of time.
The last groundwater drought declaration commenced on October 9, 2020, and ended on July 8, 2021. While the weather is getting warmer, strengthening La Niña (dry) conditions indicates it may be getting drier. So far, we have received below average rainfall every month this year except for February and above average heat. May 2022 was the warmest May on record for Austin. The average temperature in May was 82.3 degrees. That number was calculated by combining the high and low for each day.
Declaration of Stage II Alarm Drought requires all District permittees to implement mandatory measures specified in their User Drought Contingency Plans (UDCPs) to meet monthly pumpage reduction requirements.
End-user customers served by water utilities on groundwater wells are required to comply with their utility’s water use restrictions for this drought stage. Generally, restricting outdoor water use, including limiting landscape irrigation, pool filling and refilling, and non-essential water use such as water fountains, is sufficient to reach monthly pumpage targets for Stage II Alarm Drought. July is the first month that permittees will need to meet reductions in pumpage. Permittees should refer to the monthly drought allocations listed in their User Drought Conservation Plan (UDCP) and Drought Target Charts.
The District encourages continued conservation, with July and August often being the hottest and driest times of the year. In the summer months, outdoor water use is significantly higher and can account for 60% or more of home water use. Planting native or drought-tolerant landscapes, mulching, and using compost can substantially reduce the amount of irrigation water required to keep plants healthy.
Making sure your irrigation system is functioning at peak efficiency and replacing leaking gaskets and hoses can help conserve water. Installing a rain barrel or rainwater harvesting system can make an even bigger impact in reducing overall water use.
Drought Media Tool-Kit: https://bseacd.org/drought-edu/
Press Release archive: http://bseacd.org/publications/press-releases/
Drought Status page: http://bseacd.org/aquifer-science/drought-status/
Drought Management page: http://bseacd.org/regulatory/drought-management/
The video below also explains Stage II Alarm Drought:
On June 9, 2022 the Barton Springs / Edwards Aquifer Conservation District declared an Alarm Stage Drought which requires our Utility to reduce water usage by 20%.
A drought surcharge will be added to customers’ water bills for usage in excess of 15,000 gallons per month.
The following water rates will take effect for water usage after the July meter reading (estimated to be July 15, 2022). The statement received about September 1, 2022 will reflect these increased rates.
The base rate is $42.00 and includes 2,000 gallons.
Usage Cost Per 1,000 gallons
2,001 to 10,000 $3.00
10,001 to 15,000 $3.50
15,000 to 20,000 $6.00
20,001 to 30,000 $9.50
30,001 to 50,000 $15.00
50,001 to 100,000 $21.00
100,000 up $30.00
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding and please make every effort to help us conserve water