Rules Summary
RULE 1.1-ADOPTION OF RULES - Adoption of rules subject to Texas Constitution, Legislative Acts,
and Texas Water Code.
RULE 1.2- USE AND EFFECT OF RULES - Rules are used to facilitate the administration of water laws
of the State.
RULE 1.3- AMENDING OF RULES - Rules may be amended by the Board, following proper notice and
hearing.
RULE 1.4- SUSPENSION OF RULES - The Board may suspend or waive a rule, in whole or part, upon
the showing of good cause.
RULE 1.5- SEVERABILITY - Any provision of a rule that is held to be invalid does not effect other
provisions of a rule that can be given effect without the invalid provision.
RULE 1.6- HEADING AND CAPTION - Headings and captions are for reference purposes only and do
not affect the meaning of the rules.
SECTION  2.  DEFINITIONS
RULE 2.1-DEFINITIONS - Meanings of various words as used in the text of the Rules.
RULE 3.1-WASTE AND WATER CONSERVATION -No person shall produce or use groundwater in
a wasteful manner.
SECTION 3.  WASTE AND WATER CONSERVATION
SECTION 4.  GENERAL PROCEDURAL PROVISIONS
RULE 4.1-COMPUTING TIME - Details the computation of time including Saturdays, Sundays, and  
holidays.
RULE 4.2-TIME LIMIT - Date of receipt of documents by the District and not the date of posting is
determinative.

RULE 4.3-MINUTES AND RECORDS OF THE DISTRICT - All official records and minutes of the District
are available for public inspection and copying in accordance with the Texas Open Records Act.

RULE 4.4-PROCEDURES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR - Procedures consistent with the purpose
of these rules, and Chapter 36 and Subchapters H and I, Chapter 49 of the Texas Water Code will be
used when not otherwise provided for.
RULE 5.1-SHOW CAUSE ORDERS AND COMPLAINTS - Board may at any time after due notice to all
interested parties, cite any person operating within the District to appear before it in a public hearing
and require a person to show cause why their operating authority or permit should not be suspended.

RULE 5.2-INSTITUTION OF SUIT - If a person has violated, is violating, or is threatening to violate any
provision of the Rules, the District may institute a suit for enforcement of these rules.

RULE 5.3-SEALING OF PROHIBITED WELLS - District may obtain court order to seal wells that are in
violation of the rules.

RULE 5.4-CONTINUING RIGHT OF SUPERVISION - All District permits are issued subject to the rules
of the District and to the continuing right of the District to supervise the depletion of the aquifer within
the District boundaries.

RULE 5.5-RIGHT TO INSPECT, TEST, CAP, AND LOCATE WELLS - Any authorized person of the
District shall have the right to at all reasonable times to enter upon the lands on which a well or wells
may be located to inspect, test, cap, and locate such wells.
SECTION 5.  ENFORCEMENT OF RULES
SECTION 6.  DEPOSITS AND FEES
RULE 6.1-DEPOSITS - Each application for a drilling permit shall be accompanied by a deposit.

RULE 6.2-ADMINISTRATIVE FEES - District shall collect fees for services performed outside the District
and may establish fees to cover the costs for services and processing of applications.
SECTION 7.  WELL REGISTRATION
RULE 7.1-WELL REGISTRATION - Well registration of all existing and future wells in the District shall
be filed with the District.

RULE 7.2-PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR EXEMPT WELLS - Completed preregistration forms
must be filed with the District prior to the drilling of an exempt well, ie. Domestic or Livestock and
including the reworking, redrilling, or reequipping of exempt wells.
SECTION 8.  DRILLING PERMITS
RULE 8.1-DRILLING PERMIT REQUIRED FOR NON-EXEMPT WELLS - Permits are required for the
drilling of all non-exempt wells and for increasing the size of existing wells.  Domestic and livestock wells
located on 10 acres or less are NOT exempt by Chapter 36, Texas Water Code, as amended and a
Drilling Permit must be applied for and approved by the District prior to drilling.

RULE 8.2-ISSUANCE OF DRILLING PERMITS FOR NON-EXEMPT WELLS - The Board shall issue or
cause to be issued a drilling permit for a properly spaced well upon receipt of a proper application and
fees filed by the land owner or his agent.  

RULE 8.3-PLACE OF DRILLING OF WELL -  The Board shall issue or cause to be issued a drilling
permit for a properly spaced well upon receipt of a proper application and fees filed by the land owner or
his agent.  The Board of Directors delegates to the general manager the authority to act on completed
permit applications for which no hearing is required and that comply with District rules.  Any new well
must be drilled in compliance with District Rules and within 30 feet of the location stated on the drilling
permit application.

RULE 8.4-REWORKING OR REPLACING OF WELL - An existing well may be reworked, re-drilled, or
reequipped in a manner that will not change the status of the well. Preregistration is required.

RULE 8.5-TIME LIMIT FOR DRILLING PERMITS - Any drilling permit granted by the District shall be
valid for 4 months from the filing date of the application.

RULE 8.6-REQUIREMENT OF DRILLER’S WELL REPORT, CASING AND PUMP DATA - Complete
records shall be kept and reports made to the District concerning the drilling, maximum production
potential, equipping and completion of all wells drilled.
RULE 9.1-MINIMUM SPACING OF WELLS - All wells shall be drilled no closer than 50' to the nearest
property line and at least 330' to the nearest existing well.  Any subdivision of property creating a tract of
such size and shape that it cannot comply with the spacing requirements of this section shall be
considered a voluntary subdivision and an exception must be requested from the board.  

RULE 9.2-WELL DENSITY - No more than 16 non-exempt wells whether drilled prior to or subsequent
to enactment of these rules shall be permitted per survey section.  Excludes domestic and livestock
wells. Maximum pump size for wells on less than 40 acres is 1½ HP or a maximum 25 GPM.

RULE 9.3-EXCEPTION TO SPACING AND DENSITY RULES - Upon proper application to the District,
the Board may after notice and hearing grant an exception to the spacing and density rules.
SECTION 9.  WELL SPACING AND WELL DENSITY
SECTION 10. CAPPING AND PLUGGING OF WELLS
RULE 10.1 - OPEN WELLS TO BE CLOSED OR CAPPED - Each landowner in the District shall close
or cap permanently any open or uncovered well.

RULE 10.2 -PLUGGING OF ABANDONED OR DETERIORATED WELLS - It is the responsibility of each
landowner to plug or have plugged a well that is deteriorated or abandoned.

RULE 10.3 -FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CAPPING OR PLUGGING RULES - In the event a landowner
refuses to plug or cap a deteriorated or abandoned well, the District may go upon said land and plug or
cap the well and perfect a lien upon the land where the well is located.
SECTION 11.  CHEMICAL INJECTION AND FOREIGN SUBSTANCE SYSTEMS
RULE 11.1 -EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR PROTECTION OF GROUNDWATER - All irrigation
systems having a chemical injection, chemigation, fertigation, or foreign substance unit installed shall
be equipped with special check valves, vacuum relief devices, automatic low pressure drain and any
other State requirements for such systems.
SECTION 12.  WELL DRILLERS AND PUMP INSTALLERS
RULE 12.1 -PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO DRILL WELLS AND INSTALL PUMPS - Only licensed
water well drillers and commercial pump installers are allowed to drill wells and install pumps.

RULE 12.2 -RESPONSIBILITY TO COVER OR CAP NEWLY DRILLED WELL - The driller of a new
well is responsible for placing a cap or cover over the borehole or casing if the well is left unattended
without a pump installed.

RULE 12.3 -RESPONSIBILITY TO SUBMIT APPROVED DRILLING PERMIT AND WELL REPORT -
It shall be the responsibility of the well driller to submit an approved copy of the Drilling Permit along
with the completed Well Report to the District within 60 days of completing a non-exempt well.
SECTION 13.  WATER WELL DRILLING, COMPLETING, CAPPING, AND PLUGGING
RULE 13.1 -WELL DRILLING, COMPLETION, CAPPING AND PLUGGING - It is the responsibility of
the landowner and well driller to adhere to the State standards for the drilling, completion, capping
and plugging of wells.
SECTION 1.   ADOPTION OF RULES
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