Consistent rainfall brings New Braunfels down to Stage 1 drought restrictions

Stage 1 water restrictions for New Braunfels residents were announced May 17. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Stage 1 water restrictions for New Braunfels residents were announced May 17. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Stage 1 water restrictions for New Braunfels residents were announced May 17. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Consistent rainfall over roughly the last two weeks has resulted in the city of New Braunfels rescinding its Stage 2 water conservation designation that was announced in April.

New Braunfels Utilities announced May 17 via a news release that the water level within the city's portion of the Edwards Aquifer, called the J-17 well, has stayed above 650 feet mean sea level for 15 consecutive days, resulting in the updated conservation designation.

“New Braunfels Utilities, guided by the New Braunfels Water Conservation and Drought Management Plan, monitors water levels and other conditions and encourages ongoing conservation," said Melissa Krause, Chief Communications and Strategy Officer, via the release. "Conservation remains the most economical source of NBU’s water supply, and limiting water use may help customers manage their utility bills.”

NBU announced it would go to Stage 2 restrictions April 19.

To keep track of the latest watering stage and pertinent information, click here or call 830-608-8625.


During Stage 1 drought restrictions, the schedule for the use of a sprinkler or irrigation system is as follows:

Addresses ending in 0 or 1: Monday

Addresses ending in 2 or 3: Tuesday

Addresses ending in 4 or 5: Wednesday

Addresses ending in 6 or 7: Thursday

Addresses ending in 8 or 9: Friday

Use of a hand-held hose, bucket, soaker hose, or drip irrigation system is allowed on any day at any time during Stage 1. Use of a sprinkler or irrigation system is not permitted on the weekends during Stages 1, 2 or 3.

Source: New Braunfels Utilities/Community Impact Newspaper
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.


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