Texas Water Development Board approves a $2,000,000 loan to the Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District to finance a water conservation program

For immediate release.  Contact: Kimberly Leggett at 512-463-5129

AUSTIN - (February 2, 2012) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a $2,000,000 loan from the Agricultural Water Conservation Program to the Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District (Yoakum County).

The Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District (District) will use these funds to provide loans to area farmers to purchase center-pivot irrigation systems. Funds may also be available for sprinkler package conversions and drip irrigation systems.

The District’s jurisdiction covers all of Yoakum County and is home to approximately 211,200 cultivated acres, of which 110,000 acres are irrigated by 2,400 water wells using 850 center-pivot sprinkler systems. Cotton, wheat and grain sorghum are the principal crops grown, though peanuts, sunflowers, vegetables and hay have also been produced successfully in the District.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.