LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from HPWD:
The publishable results of the 2022 water level measurements are now available on the HPWD interactive web map.
An average drop of -0.63 feet was calculated in groundwater levels of the Ogallala/Edwards-Trinity (High Plains) (ETHP) Aquifer from 2021 to 2022. HPWD field technicians measured approximately 1,333 wells of water during the first part of 2022. From these measurements, approximately 1,300 were also measured in 2021, allowing HPWD to calculate the average change.
The saturated thickness of the Ogallala and the ETHP, which is the thickness of the aquifer formations, is also important. For 2022, the average saturated thickness of all observation wells is approximately 53 feet. That compares to the 2021 average of 54 feet.
More detailed statistics of measured change include:
- 16 wells with declines of 5 feet or more
- 16 wells with drops from 4 to 4.99 feet
- 41 wells with drops from 3 to 3.99 feet
- 87 wells with drops of 2 to 2.99 feet
- 201 wells with declines from 1 to 1.99 feet
- 596 wells with declines from 0 to 0.99 feet
- 347 wells with rises of 0.01 feet or more
The largest water level drop was -9.35 feet at a Castro County observation well. The greatest water level rise was +5.25 feet at a Lubbock County observation well.
For the Dockum aquifer, HPWD measured 30 observation wells. The average change for the Dockum Aquifer is -0.71 feet for 2022.
HPWD has updated all data on its interactive map with 2022 measurements. This includes all data found using the “Aquifer Info” tool, which provides estimates of:
- saturated thickness
- Change over 5 years
- Change over 10 years
Last year, HPWD began providing estimates of saturated thickness and 5- and 10-year water level changes anywhere in the service area using the interactive map. It is a powerful tool that provides estimated aquifer information wherever the user clicks.
Established in September 1951 by local residents and the Texas Legislature, the High Plains Water District works to conserve, preserve, protect, and prevent the waste of groundwater in aquifers within its 16-county service area. HPWD is the first groundwater conservation district created in Texas.
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(High Plains Groundwater Conservation District No. 1 Press Release)