New Braunfels Utilities lifts Stage 1 water restrictions for customers amid sustained rise in aquifer level

The announcement of the city’s nondrought status came through a press release issued by New Braunfels Utilities on Sept. 28. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
The announcement of the city’s nondrought status came through a press release issued by New Braunfels Utilities on Sept. 28. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

The announcement of the city’s nondrought status came through a press release issued by New Braunfels Utilities on Sept. 28. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of New Braunfels has lifted its Stage 1 water restrictions that had been in effect since July 13.

The announcement of the city’s nondrought status came through a press release issued by New Braunfels Utilities on Sept. 28. It states w
ater restrictions may be lifted when the 10-day average water level for the J-17 Edwards Aquifer monitoring well has met and remained above 660 feet for 15 days.


Today, the 10-day average water level reading was 663.7-feet for 15 consecutive days, triggering non-drought guidelines,” the release states.

Guidelines from NBU regarding the new status state customers may water with a sprinkler or irrigation system twice a week based on the last digit of a customer’s address:

  • Addresses ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 may water on Monday and Thursday.

  • Addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9 may water on Tuesday and Friday.

  • Watering is not allowed on weekends unless a customer has been granted a water variance.


The areas serviced by the aquifer have not been in a drought stage since October 2018, and the aquifer previously maintained an average water level of 676 feet.

NBU previously announced the aquifer was nearing the critical level May 7 and June 16 after insufficient rainfall, consistent high temperatures and increased water usage caused the water level to drop.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.