Drought Conditions Continue to Improve but Conservation Encouraged

“Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District has continued their very cautious position on moving from the current Stage 1 Declaration made last month,” says Dirk Aaron, General Manager. Aaron stressed, “The District wants those businesses and utilities that have permitted wells to be supportive of this conservative position that encourages conservation of 10%”. The permit holders and exempt well owners of wells in the Edwards Aquifer are encouraged to remain actively conserving under the “Awareness” Stage 1 Declaration Level.

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TWDB Adopts SWIFT Rules

AUSTIN – At a Board meeting held yesterday in Austin, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) adopted the final rules for the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The application process for SWIFT funding is now officially open.

“Today is a historic day for the citizens of Texas and for the future of our state’s water supplies,” said TWDB Chairman Carlos Rubinstein. “SWIFT will allow the TWDB to provide financial assistance to important water projects around the state that will provide additional water supplies to urban and rural citizens alike. The projects will be diverse, from conserving and maintaining a current water supply, to innovative technology that taps into new sources of water. Each project funded by SWIFT will take us one step closer to being drought-resilient.”

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Clearwater Announces 14th Annual Water Symposium

The Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District is hosting its 14th annual Bell County Water Symposium. This year’s event will be held November 18, 2014 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Central Texas Council of Governments Building at 2180 N. Main Street, Belton, TX. Co-sponsors include Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; Lloyd Gosselink Attorneys at Law; HALFF Associates; LBG-Guyton & Associates, Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Bell County Engineers Office.

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