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Water levels for Ogallala Aquifer decline considerably

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Amarillo, TX - The Texas Water Development Board just released a report showing water levels on all but one of the 26 wells in the Ogallala Aquifer dropped considerably during 2010 to 2011.

The average drop was 3.5 feet and one well went dry about 18 months ago.

To understand what the drop really means, a well in Hansford County contained water at around 70 feet deep in 1950.

Now pumpers hit water at 150 feet.

The figures from 2011 to 2012 are expected to be gloomy as well, with a continuing downward trend but at a less rapid rate.