Presidio County water district announces voluntary well monitoring program

PRESIDIO COUNTY – The Presidio County Underground Water Conservation District is announcing its plans to begin monitoring the levels of select wells throughout the county, according to a district news release.

Allan Standen, the district’s hydrogeologist, has identified 29 wells that have been monitored in the past by the Texas Water Development Board or the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The historic data available on these wells will help the district generate a more complete picture of aquifer levels over time, thus enabling better planning to meet current and future water needs.

One of the district’s primary objectives is to balance the needs of existing users with those of future users. A fuller understanding of the county’s aquifer levels will assist the district in meeting this objective.

Well owners will be contacted in the coming weeks to begin a dialog on the feasibility of monitoring their wells. The monitoring program is completely voluntary, and the well owner is not required to pay anything.

“The 29 wells that the hydrologist has chosen are located throughout the range of Presidio County to give a good geographic spread of the data,” said water district General Manager Carolyn Macartney. “Additionally, wells were chosen because they already have historical data from the Texas Water Development Board.”

She added, “We have yet to embark on contacting well owners about their interest in our voluntary well monitoring program. That being said, we welcome additional volunteers who would be interested in having their wells monitored, ideally abandoned or unused wells. The more data we can gather, the better we can protect our current well owners.”

Please call 432.295.2568 or email [email protected] with any questions, concerns or suggestions for how the District can serve you.