Published On: Fri, May 12th, 2017

LENRD amends flow meter requirements

NORFOLK – At the April board meeting of the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD), the board held a public hearing to consider amending its rules to expand the requirement of flow meters. The amendment added the requirement of flow meters on all public water supply, commercial, industrial and livestock wells designed to pump more than 50 gallons per minute. The board approved these changes, which become effective on May 26, 2017. The amended rules require flow meters to be installed on these wells by Jan. 1, 2019.
LENRD Water Resources Manager Brian Bruckner said, “These high-capacity wells in the district join irrigation wells in the requirement to have flow meters installed. All irrigation wells must have flow meters installed by Jan. 1, 2018.”
Mike Sousek, LENRD general manager, said, “This makes the groundwater management rules more equitable across the district.  The board made the decision that instead of focusing everything on agriculture, we need to look at all the stakeholders.  If your well pumps more than 50 gallons per minute, you will need a meter installed.”
Sousek added, “We’re going to work with the communities in our district, explaining the next steps. This will be a benefit to them in the long run. When a drought hits, especially a multi-year drought, it affects everyone.”

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