District decline programs are based on water produced from the aquifer which we calculate using meters and taking water level measurements during the winter. If you plan to use surface water with any metered pivots there are a couple of options to help keep surface water and groundwater totals separate. If you are only pumping surface water through a metered pivot we suggest calling the office with a meter reading before pumping and when finished pumping. If you plan to use both surface water and groundwater we would like you to install an hour meter on the lake pump. Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (PGCD) field technicians will perform a flow test to calculate GPM (gallons per minute) of the lake pump and total production of lake water. This is a voluntary program, but by participating it will show your conservation efforts and help keep the amount of groundwater produced accurate. Having inaccurate readings may have an effect on the delineation of both study and conservation areas in our annual depletion program. If we do not know that surface water is being used on your farm we must assume water produced is groundwater.
For more information or any questions please contact the PGCD office at (806) 883-2501.