By Lisa Treiber-Walter
A 90-day moratorium on all new permitted wells in Gillespie County was enacted Aug. 13 by the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District’s (HCUWCD) board of directors.
The new restrictions, spurred by critical drought conditions throughout the Fredericksburg area, include all irrigation wells (including landscape irrigation), along with municipal and commercial wells.
The moratorium does not prohibit new wells used solely for domestic purposes, explained Paul Tybor, district general manager. It also does not preclude replacement of existing wells, wells used solely for livestock purposes or wells that would alleviate conditions threatening health, safety or the general welfare of the public.
The moratorium is in effect for 90 days and would expire in mid-November, but, historically, moratorium extensions have been used by the HCUWCD board in the past.