Water district asks residents to register wells

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In Pecos County there are 3,180 registered water wells, but what about the ones that aren't registered?

The Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District was formed in 2000 and shortly after they made it a mission to register the wells in the county.

The purpose of registering wells is to keep track of location and water levels for future projects that may come into the county asking for water rights.

“It's all about looking at impacts to new pumping,” said General Manager Ty Edwards.

By registering wells it also helps when looking at environmental impacts of new wells and water level declines because of pumping drawdowns.

Right now, Edwards said they are unsure how many unregistered wells are left in the county but they are in the process of sending out letters to the North area of the county and 7D area telling people the benefits of registering.

If residents register their wells they can get water samples pulled for free and help checking depths.

“We're here to make sure everyone has water,” said Edwards.

If a new request for water comes in an area where wells aren't registered, Edwards said its hard to gauge what the impact will be to existing residents.

In counties such as Ector, Ward, Winkler and Loving have no protections when it comes to groundwater.

Without regulations or monitoring, Edwards said that as much pumping as they want to do can be done without thinking of the future repercussions.

The MPGCD has 120 monitor wells that they use to gauge water levels at very points in the county.

The static water levels are checked monthly and there is a semi-annual water quality sample done.

Since Edwards started at the district in 2013 he has seen water levels rise.

“They're good right now,” he said.

In the 1970s Pecos County saw the highest water usage since they had over 50,000 acres of farm land, but that number has decreased significantly.

Edwards hopes that people see the necessity of registering wells and that people help out by registering the wells they do have on their properties.

“We have to make sure we have enough groundwater for future generations,” said Edwards.

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