NBU consistently monitors multiple climate and utility operating system factors to prepare for and understand the severity of each drought we face.
In Stage 3, watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed one day per week every other week based on the last digit of your address and must occur BEFORE 10:00 a.m. and AFTER 8:00 p.m.
Water conservation is important to us.
When NBU is in a non-drought period, use of a handheld hose, drip irrigation system, soaker hose that does not spray water in the air, or a five-gallon bucket is allowed at any time on any day. All landscape watering, including residential, commercial, and public landscapes, must comply with the Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan. During Stage 1, 2, or 3, foundations may be watered up to two hours on any day during watering times, by handheld hose, or using a soaker hose, or drip system placed within 24 inches of the foundation, that does not produce a spray of water above the ground.
If Stage 1, 2, or 3 is in place, you may only wash your vehicle on assigned watering days and times, over a pervious surface using a handheld hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle or a five-gallon bucket. You may hold a charity car wash; however, it must be at a commercial car wash facility. Local car washes may be willing to work with nonprofit organizations. Contact these businesses directly to discuss your group’s request.
If water levels remain at or below a drought stage for a rolling 10-day average, NBU may declare the next stage and can consider terminating a drought stage once the trigger level is above a stage for 15 consecutive calendar days.
Water waste is also considered a violation of the city ordinance. Water waste includes:
- Running down a street or other impervious surface
- Failure to repair a controllable leak on property
- Watering landscaped areas during rain or high wind
- Using pressure washing or hose on impervious surfaces during any drought stage, except to remove spills of hazardous materials or eliminate dangerous conditions that threaten public health, safety, or welfare, or to prepare a surface for maintenance work
- Using a pressure washer or hose without an automatic shut-off valve for washing buildings, houses, cars , or other items
New Braunfels Utilities’ Customer Solutions Representatives can provide you with tips for indoor and outdoor use and are available to conduct free water assessments and conservation reports to help identify areas where you may be able to realize savings in water use.