On July 10, New Braunfels Utilities officials announced the addition of 8,000 acre-feet of water annually from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, due to a collaborative project between the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and the Alliance Regional Water Authority.

The takeaway

According to a news release from NBU, the addition of the water brings NBU’s total water portfolio to 50,375 acre-feet, which, according to the utility, is three times the annual water consumption of New Braunfels residents.

The new water source represents 16% of NBU’s total water supply, according to the release.

The addition also further reduces the city’s reliance on the Edwards Aquifer. The Edwards Aquifer is at 629 feet as measured at the J17 well, or Stage 4 San Antonio pool permit restrictions on pumping, according to the Edwards Aquifer Authority. A normal level for the Edwards Aquifer is considered 660 feet or higher.

About the project

The Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer is considered a major aquifer, extending across much of East Texas, according to the Texas Water Development Board. The sandy aquifer is considered a “firm” supply as it is not subject to mandated reductions during drought periods, according to NBU.

For the past few years, ARWA has worked in conjunction with the cities of Lockhart, Buda, Kyle and San Marcos; the GBRA; the Goforth Special Utility District; and the Canyon Regional Water Authority to build new storage facilities and connect the communities to the water source, as previously reported by Community Impact. The project also involved the creation of new well fields, transmission pipelines and treatment facilities, according to the news release.

What they’re saying

“Integrating this new water source is a monumental achievement for NBU and our customers,” NBU CEO Ryan Kelso said in the news release. “Our collaboration with ARWA and GBRA demonstrates our commitment to proactive water management. This new source will significantly bolster our ability to meet the water needs of our community both now and in the future.”