In 2007, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued a report, which can be found here, designating thirteen counties in the North Texas area as a Priority Groundwater Management Area and recommended at least one groundwater conservation district be formed. This recommendation was considered by the State Office of Administrative Hearings after contestation by the water providers. The Administrative Law Judge ruled that a groundwater conservation district was required.
The Red River GCD was created by SB2529 in 2009 and has regulatory powers for groundwater in Fannin and Grayson Counties.
If my well is non-exempt, what type of meter do i need to install?
A mechanically driven, magnetic, or ultrasonic totalizing water meter is the only type of meter that may be installed on a well registered with the District unless an approval for another type of reliable meter or alternative measuring method is applied for and granted by the District. The totalizer must not be resettable by the registrant and must be capable of a maximum reading greater than the maximum expected annual pumpage. Battery operated registers must have a minimum five-year life expectancy and must be permanently hermetically sealed. Battery operated registers must visibly display the expiration date of the battery. All meters must meet the requirements for registration accuracy set forth in the American Water Works Association standards for cold-water meters. New meters must be able to measure instantaneous flow rate of the groundwater produced from the well
What is an exempt well?
An exempt well that is used solely for domestic, livestock or poultry use; or a well that is not capable of producing more than 27.7 gallons per minute. If you are unsure whether your well is exempt, please contact the District staff we can assist.
What is a non-exempt well?
A non-exempt well is a well used for any purpose other than domestic, livestock or poultry; and is capable of producing more than 27.7 gallons per minute
Where can I find information on my well?
Information on wells can be obtained from your well driller or from the documentation from the sale of the property. You can also find information from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (www.license.state.tx.us), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (www.tceq.state.tx.us), or the Texas Water Development Board (www.twdb.texas.gov).
Are Agriculture wells exempt?
Agricultural wells must be metered and the groundwater usage must be reported to the District monthly. However, Agricultural wells are not charged a production fee.
Do I have to pay for the groundwater I pump?
Non-exempt well owners are required to install meters on each well and report the amount of groundwater pumped each month to the District. Non-exempt wells, with the exception of agricultural wells, are be required to pay a production fee in the amount of $0.07 per 1,000 gallons.