Nothing is more important to Texas than water. Obviously, last year's historic drought and this year's heat and continued dry weather in many areas made that overwhelmingly clear.
If you want to know more about the High Plains Underground Water District, you can go to the district's fully redesigned web page at www.hpwd.com.
Carmon McCain, information/education group supervisor for the water district, Lubbock, says the site now provides detailed information about various HPWD programs and activities. This includes agricultural and urban water conservation tips, proper closure of open, abandoned wells, water well permits, tail water abatement, hydrologic atlases, cost-in-water income tax depletion allowance, and water conservation education.
McCain says other links offer information about the water district rules, district meter requirements, approved meter list, the Ogallala Aquifer, as well as news and upcoming meetings.
The revised site also will allow persons to sign up for an Email list to receive the latest news and information from the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District.
In addition, plans now are to launch a Facebook page in the coming weeks.
"The High Plains Water District has always taken a 'convenience store' approach to on-line information. We want visitors to enter the site, find all the information they desire, and then be able to leave when finished," McCain says. "We don't want them to get bogged down trying to locate information they need. It is our hope that the redesigned site continues this approach."
He adds that the previous site had gotten cluttered since the last major makeover. The new site provides a cleaner, fresher look with easier access to information about the HPWD and the work that it is doing.
The district is devoted to agricultural, municipal, domestic, and general conservation of water.
HPWD headquarters is located at 2930 Avenue Q in Lubbock.