The Edwards Aquifer Authority has officially declared Stage V pumping restrictions for the Uvalde Pool.
Spokeswoman Terri Herbold says that means permit holders in Uvalde County are required to reduce their authorized annual pumping from the aquifer by 44 percent.
"The Stage V category was just created March 18, so this is a brand new category and the first time it's been implemented," said Herbold.
She says the new Stage V pumping restrictings are part of a Habitat Conservation Plan required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect endangered species in springs that are fed by the Edwards Aquifer.
"Stage V are the toughest restrictions in the plan to ensure that the Comal and San Marcos Springs keep flowing," Herbold told 550 KTSA News.
The Uvalde Pool is 31 feet below historical monthly averages, while the San Antonio Pool is 22 feet below. Stage V restrictions go into effect when the 10-day average of the aquifer level readings at the J-27 monitoring well in Uvalde are below the threshold of 840 feet above sea level.
Residents and businesses who receive their water from a utility are encouraged to contact their provider directly to find out how Stage V reductions may affect them.
The San Antonio Pool remains under Stage II pumping restrictions.