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Contact: Melissa Krause
Chief Communications and Strategy Officer
830.629.8440 |

(New Braunfels, TX – February 15, 2022) – New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) will begin work on its $11,530,335 Surface Water Treatment Plant (SWTP) Capital Improvement Project this month. The SWTP Water Line Project will provide additional transmission capacity to deliver clean, high-quality drinking water to our community upon completion and for decades to come. When completed, the Project will help to alleviate high-pressure issues in the area when the Headwaters at the Comal, the Surface Water Treatment Plant, and Landa Park pumps are running simultaneously.       

“This Water Line Project will provide the much-needed transmission capacity to support NBU’s Landa Park pump station expansion, which will add an additional 4.0 Million Gallons per Day (MGD), and meet transmission capacity needs to support the future Surface Water Treatment Plant Expansion Project.
Once complete, the SWTP expansion will add an additional 8.0 MGD per day.” said Chief Engineer of Water Services, Shawn Schorn.

The SWTP discharge line will consist of a new 30-inch water line that will begin at NBU’s SWTP, located at 2356 Gruene Road, cross the Guadalupe River, run along Rivercrest Drive, Gruene Road, and Waterway Lane, finally connecting to NBU’s FM 306 Pump Station.

The SWTP Water Line Project will cover approximately 2.5 miles, constructing approximately 12,800 linear feet (LF) of 24-inch and 30-inch water main. Work will include trenching/backfill, trench safety, curved micro-tunneling, jacking/boring, fittings, valves, connections, and other appurtenances, generally from the SWTP, located on Gruene Road to the FM 306 Pump Station, located at 2320 East Common Street. Much of the work will be done along Rivercrest Drive, Gruene Road, and Waterway Lane.

 New Braunfels Utilities is investing more than $688 million into 145 projects over the next five years.
A number of these projects will overlap as we replace, upgrade, or install new infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing community. The SWTP Project is a prime example of that. The Landa Park Pump Station expansion that will add additional water supply will be connected to the SWTP Water Line Project, which will dove-tail into NBU’s planned SWTP Expansion Project,” said Chief Strategic Communications and Safety Officer, Melissa Krause.

The SWTP Water Line Project is scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2023.

The project’s first road closure is scheduled to begin Monday, February 21, and complete on Friday, April 1, 2022. Crews with Pesado Construction will be installing a bore under Common Street and Waterway Lane to install pipe by excavating along Waterway Lane. Road and lane closures, along with detour routes will be clearly marked.

New Braunfels Utilities provides up-to-date traffic impacts for Capital Improvement Projects such as this one on, and on its Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

Contact Desirae Medellin at 830.608.8831 or with any questions regarding the Project.


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, on Twitter at @nbutexas, and learn more, visit