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High Plains Water District releases list of approved flow meters


The High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 has released a list of flow meters approved for use in measuring water production of individual wells or well systems within the district's 16-county service area. The list, along with a meter specification manual, is now available for viewing/downloading at www.hpwd.com. Printed copies are also available at the High Plains Water District office, 2930 Avenue Q, in Lubbock or by calling 806-762- 0181.

The meter manual contains four sections: water meter manufacturer specifications; water meter installation, inspection, and sealing specifications; a list of approved alternate measuring methods; and the approved meter list. In addition, there is an appendix containing relevant provisions from Rule 5 of the High Plains Water District Rules regarding metering. The water well metering requirement and reporting of annual water use within the district for all non-exempt wells and certain exempt wells was included in rules amendments adopted by the High Plains Water District Board of Directors on July 19. These amendments are designed to implement the district's "50/50" management goal of having 50 percent of the saturated thickness of the Ogallala Aquifer in 2010 available for use in 2060.

Created in 1951 by local residents and the State Legislature, the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 is charged with the responsibility of conserving, preserving, protecting, and preventing waste of groundwater within its 16- county service area.

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