Beginning Jan. 3, HPWD personnel will make water level measurements to determine the effect of 2021 pumping on groundwater levels in aquifers within the district.
These annual measurements are made in a network of more than 1,350 privately-owned wells. These observation wells are spaced at a density of approximately one well per nine square miles throughout the 16-county HPWD service area.
"We want to let the public know that our staff will be visiting observation well sites from early January until completion of this work effort. They will be driving white pickup trucks that are clearly identified as High Plains Water District vehicles," said Field Staff Supervisor Keith Whitworth.
These water level data are made available to the public through an interactive map on the HPWD website (map.hpwd.org).
This feature allows persons to access annual observation well data, annual supplemental well data, and daily water level data in select wells.
"Since 2013, the interactive map has been a highly-utilized method of obtaining depth-to-water and saturated thickness information by persons inside and outside the District," said HPWD General Manager Jason Coleman.
An introduction to the interactive map and each of its features are discussed in tutorial videos on HPWD's YouTube channel.
Those without computer access can contact GIS Specialist Jed Leibbrant to request a printed report of annual water level measurements for a county or counties of interest. He can be reached at (806) 762-0181.