Due to the PUF Lands’ geographic positioning over several 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 conserved while at the same time enabling successful commercial opportunities.
UL takes its role in groundwater management seriously and has invested significant resources in our groundwater management strategy.
In 2013, UL published 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.
In 2018, UL initiated its Full-Cycle Water Management Initiative, which aims to increase commerciality of PUF Lands’ water resources, while simultaneously promoting the conservation of fresh water.