Barton Springs and Lovelady Level Check – April 28, 2022

Here are the latest level checks for Barton Springs and the Lovelady Well. Both are the District’s drought triggers. As you can see in the diagrams below, both Barton Springs and Lovelady leveled out a bit due to recent rains, but overall they both remain on a steady decline. With continued dry conditions we could cross into Alarm Stage Drought as soon as mid-to-late May.
April 28, 2022 – Barton Springs remains above the Stage II Alarm Drought Threshold of 38 cfs (cubic feet per second). It is currently at 46.6 cfs.
April 28, 2022 – The water level in the Lovelady Well remains above Stage II Drought Threshold of 478 ft msl (feet above mean sea level). It is currently a little above 482.5 msl.
Follow our website for the latest levels at Lovelady and Barton Springs.
By the way, The District’s Water Conservation Period begins Sunday, May 1 and extends through the end of September–the time when water use is at its peak. Starting on May 1, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District initiates a voluntary 10% reduction in groundwater pumping by its permittees. The goal is to prolong water availability throughout the hottest and driest portion of the year.
In the summer months, outdoor water use is significantly higher and can account for 60% or more of home water use. Planting native or drought-tolerant landscapes, mulching, and using compost can substantially reduce the amount of irrigation water required to keep plants healthy. Making sure your irrigation system is functioning at peak efficiency and replacing leaking gaskets and hoses can help conserve water. Installing a rain barrel or rainwater harvesting system can make an even bigger impact in reducing overall water use.