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The various drought stages will be initiated and terminated by the District’s Board of Directors (the Board), utilizing the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) publication of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Each drought stage will last a minimum of 30 days and renew automatically unless changed by Board action.
The drought stages will be implemented and terminated by resolution of the Board of Directors and will be implemented on a county-by-county basis.
Public notification of the initiation or termination of drought stages shall be by means of any of the following: notification on the District’s website, in a newspaper(s) of general circulation, radio announcement, mail, fax, or email to owners/operators of permitted wells. The District’s website will display the most current drought stage.
The weekly map is based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions, as well as reported impacts and observations from more than 350 contributors around the country. Eleven climatologists from the partner organizations take turns serving as the lead author producing the map each week. The authors examine all the data and use their best judgment to reconcile any variances in what different sources report. The U.S. Drought Monitor is a composite index that includes many indicators. The drought stages of this plan will coincide with the various stages of drought which are as follows:
Voluntary Water Reduction Goal - 10%. Continue to encourage the water conservation methods with a goal to reduce overall usage by 10% through the following practices:
Stage 3: Extreme Drought
Stage 4: Exceptional Drought
Initiation and Determination of Drought Stages
Stage 2: Severe Drought
Voluntary Water Reduction Goal - 5%. Encourage water conservation methods through public awareness of methods to reduce overall usage by 5% through the following practices:
Voluntary Water Reduction Goal - 20%. Continue to encourage the practice of water conservation methods and reduce overall usage by 20% through the following practices:
In the event one or more of the counties within the District are at least partially included in a Stage 3: Extreme or Stage 4: Exceptional Drought status, the District’s Drought Buffer shall apply to some or all of the permits issued by the District as determined according to the District’s Drought Contingency Plan. Issuance of a Drought Buffer declaration by the District according to the Drought Contingency Plan shall result in the affected permits’ production limits set forth under Rule 6.1 being adjusted upward by fifteen percent (15%) of the maximum quantity of groundwater authorized under the permit. The Drought Buffer shall remain in place until the District suspends the Drought Buffer upon improvement of the drought status.
Voluntary Water Reduction Goal - 30%. Continue to encourage the practice of water conservation methods and reduce overall usage by 30%:
Stage 1: Moderate Drought