The drought-stricken community of Uvalde will soon get some help from the federal government to find additional water for its residents.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced that $350,000 in federal disaster relief grants will be awarded to the city to help drill a new water well.
Uvalde found itself in need of an additional source of drinking water when the groundwater conservation district controlling the city's primary water source required substantial pumping reductions as a water conservation measure.
In response to continuing drought conditions in South Texas, the Edwards Aquifer Authority implemented numerous conservation measures, including imposing significant pumping reductions on the city's primary water source.
The city will use the funds awarded to drill a new well in a different aquifer formation to ensure it has the capacity to serve its citizens with fresh drinking water.
"The historic drought conditions of the past few years have ravaged our state and dramatically depleted the water supply to many of our rural communities," Staples said.