FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(New Braunfels, TX – May 26, 2023) – On Monday, May 29, 2023, New Braunfels will move from drought restrictions Stage 3 to Stage 2. The much-needed recent rains have allowed New Braunfels to meet the Stage 2 criteria:
- The 10-day average water level for the J17 Edwards Aquifer monitoring well has risen to or above 640 feet above mean sea level and has remained there for a minimum of 15 days.
- The 10-day average spring flow for the Comal Springs has increased to or exceeded 150 cubic feet per second (cfs) and has remained there for a minimum of 15 days.
New Braunfels has been in Stage 3 for nearly a year. Now that the J17 monitoring well is reading above the Stage 3 level of 640 feet, and the Comal Springs is registering more than 150 cubic feet per second (cfs), the City of New Braunfels Mayor Neal Linnartz has declared Stage 2 Drought Restrictions effective Monday, May 29, 2023.
While in Stage 3, customers were allowed to water one day every other week. The shift to Stage 2 will allow for watering one day a week. The schedule for the use of a sprinkler or irrigation system is 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
Watering with a hand-held hose, bucket, soaker hose, drip irrigation system, or soaker hose that does not spray water into the air would be allowed any day BEFORE 10:00 a.m. and AFTER 8:00 p.m. during Stage 2. Running a sprinkler or irrigation system is not permitted on the weekends during Stages 1, 2, or 3.
For current information regarding Drought Stages and conservation, visit nbutexas.com.
“New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) has a diverse water supply and robust water resources plan that ensures adequate water supply; however, water conservation is essential for ensuring the protection of the community’s economy and natural resources – like the Comal Riverspring flow,” said NBU Chief Strategic Communications and Security Officer Melissa Krause. “We each play a part in carefully managing water resources, and together we can maximize the benefits to all who live in and visit our community.”
For the latest watering requirements, visit nbutexas.com, facebook.com/newbraunfelsutilities, or call the NBU water hotline at 830.608.8925. Visit the New Braunfels Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan and find many additional resources, including tips for saving water inside and outside the home online.
New Braunfels Utilities’ customers are reminded that the seasonal tiered water rates take effect June 1 and remain effective through July 31, when the NBU Fiscal Year 2024 rate plan becomes effective, and peak rates will no longer apply.
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