Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Declares Critical Drought

If you have experienced a dry well, or have needed to have your well altered as a result of the drought, please contact the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

The district is currently trying to quantify the impact of the drought on residents.

(Contact information at the end of this page.)

With years of sparse rainfall, it'll take more than a few days of welcome rain for Wimberley and the Hill Country to recover from drought conditions.

This summer, when the region endured unprecedented heat with daily temperatures consistently above 100 degrees along with virtually no rain, has ended leaving Wimberley in one of the most severe droughts ever experienced in Central Texas.

Although the September rainfall was a welcome relief, parched Hays Country residents are beginning to respect the potential rainwater catchment and water conservation can offer.

Groundwater supplies in Hays County, Texas have reached the critical drought stage. Residents are urged to be mindful of water use and to conserve water whenever possible.

Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District recommends these actions:

Indoor Water Use
  • Check for toilet and faucet leaks and repair any found leaks immediately.
  • Use water displacement device in toilet tank or replace older model toilets with HET models when possible.
  • Install aerators on faucets. Donít leave faucets running when not in use.
  • While waiting for hot water to reach faucet, catch cold water in a container to be reused.
  • Never use the toilet to dispose of trash.
  • Only run dishwasher with full load.
  • Keep drinking water in a container in the refrigerator.
  • Reduce use of garbage disposal.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry.
  • Turn off master water shutoff when out of town or on vacation.
  • Draw less water for bath or reduce shower time.
  • Do not over water houseplants.
Outdoor Water Use
  • Comply with 5-day schedule for lawn watering and always only water between 8pm and 8am
  • For Automatic Sprinkler systems:
    - check sprinkler heads regularly to prevent clogging
    - adjust to eliminate overspray and
    - adjust run times and frequency monthly to respond to water schedules and changing rainfall and temperature conditions.
  • Use hand-held hose, drip irrigation, or soaker hoses for trees, garden, non-turf areas and bedded plants.
  • Avoid watering on windy days.
  • Cut lawns on highest setting and leave lawn clippings on lawn instead of bagging.
  • For hose-end sprinklers - use sprinkler timers to limit water duration.
  • Use mulch to conserve soil moisture.
  • Limit vehicle washing except when conducted with a bucket or hand-held hose with an automatic shutoff device during designated watering days and times (if possible, use a commercial car wash that recycles water).
  • Wash vehicles over lawn areas where possible.
  • Vehicle wash fundraisers should be conducted at a commercial vehicle wash facility using such facilities equipment.
  • Keep pools covered when not in use.
  • Limit pool filter backwashing to only when necessary.
  • No washing of driveways, sidewalks, or streets.
  • Utilize supplemental water sources where possible (e.g. purchased water, collected rainwater, etc.).
  • Utilize water reuse where possible.

Click here to visit the
Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District website.

Mailing Address:
Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District
PO Box 1648
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Phone:   512-858-9253  
Fax:       512-858-2384

Office Location:
Center Lake Business Park
14101 Hwy 290 W
Bldg. 100, Suite 212
Austin, Texas 78737