New Braunfels Utilities anticipates stage one drought conditions

New Braunfels Utilities has invested in an aquifer storage and recovery well system to reduce the impact of future droughts. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels Utilities has invested in an aquifer storage and recovery well system to reduce the impact of future droughts. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

New Braunfels Utilities has invested in an aquifer storage and recovery well system to reduce the impact of future droughts. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

On June 16, New Braunfels Utilities announced that rising temperatures, lack of significant rainfall and increased demand for water have caused the Edwards Aquifer to drop nearly a foot per day for the past 10 days.

NBU previously announced that the aquifer’s water level was nearing stage one drought conditions on May 7.

As of May 7, the 10-day average of the J-17 well was 665 feet, which is five feet above the trigger for stage one watering restrictions.

The 10-day average of the J-17 well was 666.93 feet on June 16, which is seven feet above the trigger for stage one watering restrictions.

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.


According to a press release from New Braunfels Utilities, stage one watering restrictions could go into effect within the next few weeks.

During a stage one water restriction, sprinkler or irrigation system schedules are organized by address as follows:

  • Addresses ending in 0 and 1: Monday

  • Addresses ending in 2 and 3: Tuesday

  • Addresses ending in 4 and 5: Wednesday

  • Addresses ending in 6 and 7: Thursday

  • Addresses ending 8 and 9: Friday


While the use of hand-held hoses, buckets and drip irrigation systems are not restricted during stage one, sprinkler and irrigation systems are not allowed to be used on weekends.

For more information regarding watering requirements or on-peak tiered water rate increases, visit the New Braunfels Utilities website.
By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development, breaking news and community interest stories. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


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