UPDATE: Kyle residents asked to suspend water use amid shortage

Any unnecessary water use should be cut until further notice in the city of Kyle. In Buda, residents are being asked to conserve water. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Any unnecessary water use should be cut until further notice in the city of Kyle. In Buda, residents are being asked to conserve water. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Any unnecessary water use should be cut until further notice in the city of Kyle. In Buda, residents are being asked to conserve water. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Update: Feb. 15, 6:25 p.m.

An official with the city of Kyle, responding to a request for clarification, said that all water usage should be suspended, including the dripping of faucets and toilet flushing, until power outages at key locations are remedied.

Original story

The city of Kyle made a plea to residents the morning of Feb. 15 to conserve water after the power went out at a water treatment plant, but now, the city is asking residents to suspend all unnecessary water usage as the water supply dwindles.

Due to power outages, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority has been unable to supply water from Lake Dunlap to a surface water treatment plant in San Marcos, a news release from the city said. On a normal day, the plant provides residents of multiple cities with up to 4.8 million gallons of water.

The city said GBRA crews could not assess the situation at the plant until Feb. 15 because of road conditions but that they are working to get the pump station back in service. However, the city of Kyle has not received a timeline for when service would resume, the release said.

Until surface water power is restored, only essential water use is advised, such as letting faucets drip to prevent burst pipes.

Kyle was producing a limited amount of water using groundwater wells, but recurring power outages have exacerbated the well system's limited capacity.

Buda residents are currently being asked only to conserve water.

A call to San Marcos officials about water conservation was not immediately returned.

San Marcos, Buda and Kyle have not issued any notices for residents to boil water.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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