After weeks of heavy rainfall, New Braunfels Utilities CEO Ian Taylor says the city will not need to take the precaution of boiling water like its neighbor 50 miles north.
Earlier this week, the city of Austin put a boil water notice in effect for residents, affecting roughly 880,000 people.
Taylor said the diversification of the New Braunfels water supply puts the community at much less of a risk for contamination during severe weather events. If the filtration system at the city’s surface water treatment plant were to back up, Taylor said the groundwater supply would satisfy consumer demand.
“Fortunately we’re diversified, so we’re not as reliant on surface water,” Taylor said. “We do have surface water as a supply, but we also have a groundwater treatment plant.”
Rainfall is expected to continue in the Hill Country. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for several Texas counties, including Comal, from 1 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 24. The rain is predicted to end by Thursday with warmer temperatures and sunny skies in the forecast, according to the NWS.