FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pamela Quidley
Communications and External Affairs Manager
830.312.7940 | email@example.com
(New Braunfels, TX – April 12, 2022) – Stage 2 Drought Restrictions go into effect for New Braunfels and the surrounding communities on April 13, 2022. New Braunfels has been in Stage 1 Drought Restrictions since March 10, 2022, due to insufficient rains, warmer than usual temperatures, and increased demand for water supply. These conditions remain in effect. The New Braunfels City Ordinance, Section 130-224, determines the implementation and termination of water reduction measures based on the 10-day average of the J-17 Edwards Aquifer water levels or when the discharge from the Comal Springs is at or below the specified cubic feet per second (CFS). Today, the 10-day average for the J-17 well is 649.6-feet, triggering Stage 2.
“New Braunfels Utilities has a diverse water supply and a robust water resources plan that ensures adequate water supply for generations to come. In the near term, when temperatures are high and rain is scarce, water conservation is important for ensuring the protection of our economy and natural resources like the Comal River spring flow,” said Chief Executive Officer Ian Taylor.
Now that we are in Stage 2 watering is allowed one day a week. The schedule for the use of a sprinkler or irrigation system will be as follows:
Addresses ending 0 or 1: Monday
Addresses ending 2 or 3: Tuesday
Addresses ending 4 or 5: Wednesday
Addresses ending 6 or 7: Thursday
Addresses ending 8 or 9: Friday
Use of a hand-held hose, bucket, soaker hose, drip irrigation system, or a soaker hose that does not spray water into the air would be allowed on any day BEFORE 10:00 a.m. and AFTER 8:00 p.m. during Stage 2. The use of a sprinkler or irrigation system is not permitted on the weekends during Stages 1, 2, or 3.
Stay informed of the latest watering requirements by visiting nbutexas.com, facebook.com/newbraunfelsutilities, or by calling the NBU water hotline at 830.608.8925. In addition to providing a complete copy of the New Braunfels Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan, area residents can review the Drought Contingency Plan or request a virtual assessment, and explore tips for saving water – both inside and outside the home.
New Braunfels Utilities’ customers are reminded that peak tiered water rates take effect June 1 and remain effective through September 30. Conservation measures can help to manage your utility bill. To learn more, visit nbutexas.com/conservation.
About New Braunfels Utilities:
Dedicated to excellence in service, New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) was established in 1942 and is one of 2,000 community-owned, nonprofit public power electric utilities in the nation. The mission of NBU is to enhance the quality of our community by providing innovative, essential services. Governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of local residents appointed by the New Braunfels City Council, NBU is committed to being a recognized and trusted community partner, providing essential electric, water, and wastewater services. Utility revenue is invested back into the utility systems, which benefits the community. New Braunfels Utilities makes an annual transfer to the City of New Braunfels, which in turn helps to pay for services such as fire, police, and parks. Additionally, in 2016, NBU repurposed its former16-acre warehouse site to become the Headwaters at the Comal, to serve as its conservation legacy, which will strengthen the relationship between the community and nature by showcasing the significance of the Comal Springs. Follow NBU on Facebook at facebook.com/newbraunfelsutilities, on Twitter at @nbutexas, and learn more, visit nbutexas.com.