The High Plains Underground Water Conservation District Board of Directors will hold a public hearing next week in Tulia to discuss changes to a well exemption rule.

The Friday, March 13, hearing will take place before the board’s regularly monthly meeting. The proposed change would alter the wording of a rule that currently requires wells exempt from permitting to be registered with the district.

If the revision is implemented, landowners in the district’s 16-county area would no longer be required to register their exempt use wells with the district, said Board President Lynn Tate in a press release.

“These proposed rule amendments are another step in the right direction to protect private property rights,” said Tate.

The meeting will take place Friday, March 13, at the Swisher County Memorial Building at 127 SW 2nd St. in Tulia beginning at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to listen or comment.

Written comments regarding the proposed changes should received by the HPWD Lubbock office by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, said the district.

A full listing of the district’s rules and proposed revisions can be found at the Lubbock office at 2930 Ave. Q, online, or by calling 806-762-0181.