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Duval County Groundwater Conservation District

Contact: Luis Pena
General Manager
225 East Railroad Avenue
Benavides, Texas 78341
(361) 256-3589
Enabling/Major Legislation: Acts 2005, 79th R.S. ch. 450, General and Special Laws of Texas;Acts 2007, 80th R.S. ;ch.701, General and Special Laws of Texas ; Acts 2013, 83rd R.S.,ch. 174, General and Special Laws of Texas
Link To Current Enabling Legislation:
Link To management Plan Or Instructions On Where To Find It: contact district
Link To District Rules Or Instructions On Where To Find Them: contact district
Number Of Counties: 1
Counties Covered: Duval
Income Source: Tax Based
GCD Population: 10,001-50,000
Community Type: Rural
Largest Use: Agriculture, Public Utilities
Selection of Board Members: Elected
Number of Board Members: 5
GMAs: GMA 16
Exempt Wells: No exemptions outside Chapter 36
Reporting Requirements: Yes, for all permitted wells
Reporting Frequency: Monthly
Meter Requirements: Yes
Spacing Requirements: 150 feet from septic and spray area, water tight sewage lines, existing wells, and CEFs. 150 feet from property lines. Setback variances are allowed provided no other site is available due to property constraints. Horizontal distances may be decreased by one foot for every two feet of annular seal depth below upper twenty feet of annular seal.
Production Limitations (Non-Exempt Wells): 2 AF/acre/year
Do you have a well plugging program? Yes
Does your district offer any financial assistance or in kind services for plugging? Yes
Do you offer water quality testing? Yes
Do you have a newsletter? Yes
How can someone subscribe to your newsletter? Available online at, and hard copies available at various locations
Do you offer educational outreach? Yes

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