Groundwater Conservation Districts Ensure a Vital Resource is Fairly and Responsibly Distributed

Under Texas law, the “rule of capture” allows landowners to pump and use the water beneath their property without limitation. Landowners don’t own the groundwater, but they can “capture” all the water that is available under their land without regard to the effect it has on neighboring wells. When someone can afford to drill a large well with a big pump, it becomes clear that the “rule of capture” benefits those few who can afford to do so, and leaves the smaller neighboring …

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