Blanco’s Water Situation Improving after Small Pipe Break Cuts Off Supplies from Canyon Lake

Image courtesy of City of Blanco.

City water tanks are full again in Blanco but the Stallion Tank, located several miles south of town on U.S. 281 in front of Stallion Estates, is at nine feet or half capacity.

On Facebook Sunday afternoon Blanco Mayor Pro Tem Rodney Thraikill described the situation as an “improvement” for the city. He said it is unclear whether this is due to conservation efforts and restrictions or increased pumping capacity from Canyon Lake.

City officials will reevaluate the situation at 8 p.m. today. Texas Water Company (TWC) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Under Stage 6 drought conditions no industrial use or outside irrigation is allowed.

On Friday, Thraikill said a small pipe break in TWC’s system — a “frequent occurrence” — cut off water supplies from Canyon Lake.

Without water pumped in, supplies in Blanco’s holding tank declined quickly.

Crews were able to avoid a complete shutoff but as a precaution, Blanco reopened an old fire station to serve as a water distribution center, installed a potable water holding tank and lined up a tanker that would provide non-potable water for livestock.

“We are optimistic we will be able to drop from Stage 6 to Stage 4 and further review restrictions over time,” Mayor Mike Arnold said Friday. “That said, it would be wise for us all to expect we will be in situations like this from time to time until our water plant is back online (early 2024) and we can ultimately secure a sustainable, plentiful water source.

“Til then let’s all please continue to be mindful of our water use.”


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