Some sought after stability is now in place for the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 (HPWD). Tuesday, the HPWD announced the hiring of Jason Coleman (pictured) as new HPWD General Manager.

Coleman previously served as general manager of the South Plains Underground Water Conservation District in Hockley and Terry counties.  Coleman had been at the SPUWCD since 2000.

“The High Plains Water District Board of Directors is pleased and excited about Jason Coleman accepting the general manager position.  His expertise in agriculture engineering, water research, and his 13 years of experience as a water district manager will be invaluable to our district,” said Board President Lynn Tate of Amarillo.

Board Member Brad Heffington of Littlefield added that Coleman’s upbringing in the South Plains region will be helpful in dealing with groundwater issues.

“Jason shares our West Texas values. He understands that the High Plains Water District is here to protect landowners’ rights—while at the same time—developing policy to help landowners conserve groundwater and use it as efficiently as possible for generations to come.  We look forward to his work with the district,” Heffington said.

Coleman said he is honored to be able to work with district residents, board members, county advisory committees, and staff.

“The purpose of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District is to help residents conserve and preserve groundwater within its 16-county service area. I’m very pleased to be part of a dedicated staff that will be instrumental in achieving the water conservation goals established by the district’s Board of Directors,” Coleman said.

Carmon McCain served as interim general manager following the June 30 retirement of Jim Conkwright. He has resumed his regular duties as the district’s Information/Education Group Supervisor.

The HPWD earlier this year also had to find a new Precinct 5 Director after the resignation of Bruce Rigler.