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The Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District is part of the Hill Country Priority Groundwater Management Area and was created by House Bill No. 1463, Chapter 693, Acts of the 72nd Texas Legislature in January 1991. The District was organized to protect the underground water resources of Kerr County.  It registers and permits wells drilled in the county and investigates the aquifers to determine appropriate plans for future development.

The Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District (HGCD) mission is to develop, promote, and implement water conservation, augmentation, and management strategies to protect the water resources of the District as a sustainable resource for the benefit of its citizens, economy, and environment.

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           HGCD Office Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Friday                                      Closed on Board Approved Holidays.



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Drought in Texas

Texas is no stranger to drought. The seven-year drought of record in the 1950s was a turning point in Texas history that led to the formation of the Texas Water Development Board. Since then, Texas has faced several droughts including the most recent and most severe drought that began in 2011. This website brings together relevant resources, links, data and analyses to provide updated information on drought in Texas.

TWDB's Recorder Well Program has more than doubled in the past 15 years, partially because more groundwater conservation districts are participating in the program. TWDB currently maintains 184 recorders in 79 counties.  In addition to the TWDB network, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Edwards Aquifer Authority also maintain their own networks of recorder wells in the state.  All of these data, including the U.S. Geological Survey and Edwards Aquifer Authority networks, are now available also on this website.




NOTICE:  JULY 15, 2015




The Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District Drought Contingency Plan has been revised.  Drought Stages are now triggered by the HGCD Drought Index Well Levels.  1410 ft. Stage 1, 1400 ft. Stage 2, 1390 ft. Stage 3, and 1380 ft. Stage 4.  The current Index level is at 1395 ft. above mean sea level.  The Palmer Drought Severity Index and Guadalupe River Flow at Kerrville will still be considered when initiating these stages.  

 Exempt Well Owners are not restricted in terms of percentage reduction but are encouraged to apply the recommended watering practices and restrict non-essential water uses as listed in the District Drought Plan.  Due to last years drought, aquifer levels did not have the normal fall and winter recovery.  A drop in aquifer levels may cause the water level in certain wells to fall below the well pump.  A pump installer can install a pump protector in a well to shut the pump down if it runs out of water and not damage the pump. 


Drought Contingency Plan

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             Eastern Kerr County/Western Kendall County Regional Water System Project - Draft Final



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Rainfall and Recharge - Kerr County Aquifers Hydrogeology of Kerr County 2008


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