The Texas Water Company (TWC) today moved customers in Comal, Blanco, Kendall, Bandera and Medina counties into Stage 3 drought restrictions.
Decreasing water levels in Canyon Lake and groundwater wells, and strain on existing infrastructure forced the utility to increase restrictions said Larry Jackson, TWC’s director of Customer Service & Communications.
Additional restrictions by the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA) will kick in when Canyon Reservoir is less than 895 feet or storage capacities are less than 41%.
“We are essentially one of GBRA’s customers,” he said. “So they don’t supersede our plan, but their restrictions — which would be voluntary at first — can calculate into our available water supply. So, if they curtail their supply to us, then that impacts our thresholds and therefore can impact our stages.”
Today, Canyon Lake is at 895.11 feet and 72.7% full.
Under TWC’s Stage 3 Drought restrictions landscape irrigation and grass watering using a sprinkler system or irrigation system are limited to one day every other week based on the last number of an address.
July 17-21 is a non-watering week.
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays are non-watering days.
Any landscape irrigation or grass watering on a non-watering week or non-watering day using a sprinkler system or irrigation system is a violation of Stage 3 drought restrictions.
Watering by hand, bucket, soaker hose or drip irrigation is allowed on any day between 7-10 a.m. and 7-10 p.m.
“TWC continues to see high water usage and consumption demand due to lawn watering and landscape irrigation, especially during non-watering weeks and non-watering days,” Jackson said.
New pools cannot be filled with water. Water can be used to maintain existing filled pools in order to ensure health and safety.
Using water to wash cars is prohibited, except at commercial car-wash facilities that recycle water.
Bulk water haulers are prohibited from pulling water from hydrant meters unless that water is used for indoor potable use. TWC can provide resuse water at several wastewater t reatment plants.