The numbers are in, and it’s official:
Irrigators in the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District will not have to deal with pumping rations or have flowmeters installed on all their wells in 2015.
That word arrived Monday afternoon from UBBNRD headquarters in York, where officials had finished averaging the spring static water level readings from 495 wells across the large district.
When all was said and done, the average spring reading was 2.10 feet lower than the average for 2013 — a significant drop, but nowhere close to the 4.38-foot average year-to-year drop seen between 2012 and 2013.
The average would have had to drop 3.03 feet to hit the so-called “allocation trigger” — the average reading that would have put rationing into effect for an initial three-year allocation period beginning in 2015.
The Upper Big Blue district includes virtually all of Hamilton County and portions of Adams, Clay and Fillmore counties in Tribland, plus all of York County and parts of Saline, Seward, Butler and Polk counties.