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Geographically positioned over many major and minor aquifers, University Lands (UL) plays a key role in groundwater management issues in West Texas. UL’s long-term management horizon necessitates that water use across UL acreage must be monitored and minimized while at the same time allowing for increased economic activity to serve the mission of University Lands.

UL takes its role in groundwater management seriously and over the past several years has invested significant resources aimed to grow the science of groundwater in West Texas.

In 2013, UL initiated its Groundwater Management Plan to evaluate supply and demand; refine water well drilling and production; promote use of the Dockum (Santa Rosa) Aquifer; and develop best practices for efficient water use. The Plan establishes guidelines and rules to conserve, protect, and prevent the waste of groundwater on UL acreage.

Earlier this year, UL’s Water Well Inventory Database was completed. The system allows for searching of water wells across UL, contains information on the 3,800+ water wells currently located across UL acreage, and streamlines the UL water well application process.

The system allows for searching of water wells across UL, contains information on the 3,800+ water wells currently located across UL acreage, and streamlines the UL water well application process.

Available permit and contracts for water use and disposal on University Lands are described under Surface Leases, Permits and Contracts. All relevant paperwork and other materials related to water use can be found under Forms.