The Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District is currently finalizing proposed permanent rules to assist in the management of the underground water resources throughout the district.

The district which covers Ellis, Hill, Johnson and Somervell Counties was created by the Texas legislature in 2009 and is taxed with the directive to conserve, protect and enhance the groundwater resources in its jurisdiction.

While the permanent rules mainly guide the installation and operation of wells with production volumes over 17.36 gallons per minute, small household well owners may wonder about the rule provisions for smaller wells such as theirs.

According to Stephanie Rexrode, records administrator for Prairielands GCD, “The new rules will have little, if any, impact on existing household or livestock wells. However, new installations will have to comply with the spacing requirements. New well placements must be a minimum of 50 feet from any property line.

She continued, "Certain exceptions for property line requirements and tract size limitations may be considered by the district’s board of directors.”

A copy of the proposed permanent District Rules may be requested from Rexrode by email at The document is available for reviewing or downloading at and may be examined, inspected or obtained in person at the district office located at 205 S. Caddo St. in Cleburne. For more information, contact the district’s general manager, Jim Conkwright, at (817) 556-2299.