The Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) water conservation period began Monday and extends through the end of September, according to a press release.
The five month period is the time when water use is at its peak, according to district officials.
Since January 2016, groundwater levels in the district have been above drought thresholds. Recent wet weather has helped augment water supplies, but there is still a need to conserve water resources, according to the release.
Starting May 1, the BSEACD initiates a voluntary 10% reduction in groundwater pumping by its permittees.
“Through being mindful of smart water use during the hot summer months, a little effort by individual end-users, when multiplied across central Texas, can do a great amount of good,” John Dupnik, Aquifer District General Manager, said.
“Our groundwater users are traditionally very conscious of water use. Simple leak fixes and water conservation choices can add up to make a big difference in extending our long-term water supply,” states Robin Gary, Senior Public Information and Education Coordinator.
Water conservation strategies, rainwater harvesting information, water-wise landscaping ideas, and self irrigation audit guidance is available at www.bseacd.org/education/water-conservation/.