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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano
The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District declared a no-drought condition for their area at its Oct. 11 meeting. According to a press release that came out on a very rainy Monday, “One of the area’s two groundwater drought indicators, Barton Springs discharge, has been above the Stage II Alarm Drought threshold (10-day average of 38 cubic feet per second) since September 9, 2018. On Friday, October 5, 2018 the water level in the Lovelady Well crossed above its drought threshold (478.4 feet above mean sea level).” If both the discharge and well are above these thresholds, the district is no longer in a drought. That means water use restrictions in place since July are no longer mandatory, though groundwater users are encouraged to continue conserving water. The district also tracks drought status online, for those with an ongoing interest in such data.
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