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.
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
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.
WATER DATA FOR
NOTICE: JULY 15,
HGCD REMAINS IN DROUGHT
STAGE 2 REQUIRES A 20%
REDUCTION IN PUMPING
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
year’s 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