LCRA supplies water to portions of Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties for agricultural use, as prescribed by the state-approved Water Management Plan. Irrigation facilities are organized into four service areas — Gulf Coast, Lakeside, Garwood and Pierce Ranch. (LCRA operates the 11 major pumping plants and a 1,100-mile network of irrigation canals in the Gulf Coast, Lakeside and Garwood systems, while Pierce Ranch is privately operated.) Together, the service areas are capable of transporting water to 91,500 acres each year. LCRA holds senior downstream water rights allowing it to pump water directly from the Colorado River to serve customers.
LCRA's 2018 rate for first and second crop in the Garwood Irrigation Division is $37.16 or $44.05 per acre-foot delivered, depending on the customer's location in the canal system. The 2018 water rate for the Gulf Coast Irrigation Division is $52.69 per acre-foot delivered. The 2018 water rate for the Lakeside Irrigation Division is $53.74 per acre-foot delivered.
In January 2018, the LCRA Board of Directors approved updates to the agricultural Drought Contingency Plan, contract rules and contract forms for interruptible agricultural customers in the Garwood, Gulf Coast and Lakeside irrigation divisions, and Pierce Ranch.
2018 sample contract forms:
LCRA supply of water to agricultural customers in the Garwood Irrigation Division is subject to provisions of LCRA's 1998 purchase agreement with Garwood Irrigation Company.