SJWTX Updates Drought-Management Plan to Align with Regional Water-Planning Efforts
Canyon Lake’s water company, SJWTX, is bracing for continued drought and rapid growth.
In an email to customers on Thursday, the comany announced it has updated its Drought Management Plan to promote resource conservation and align with regional water-planning efforts.
The utility said it is trying to balance the area’s growing demand for water against the challenges of a dry climate.
SJWTX said outdoor water use presents the biggest challenge to sustainable water use.
The company’s customers use between 60 to 70 percent of its water supply for irrigation purposes.
“That means the majority of water we pump, treat and move through our system to your home is used for landscape,” SJWTX said. “To help address this, we’ve updated the watering schedule. The new watering schedule will better promote conservation as it helps us align with regional water-planning efforts by encouraging conservative outdoor water use to protect the resources we all share.”
However, rules for filling swimming pools, using power washers and car-washing also will change.
Under SWJTX’s new watering schedule:
- Irrigation is permitted twice a week in year-round conditions.
- Irrigation is permitted once a week in Drought Stage 1 conditions.
- Irrigation is permitted once every other week in Drought Stage 2 conditions.
- Irrigation is permitted once every other week in Drought Stage 3 conditions.
- Irrigation is only permitted for uses necessary to sustain livestock in Drought Stage 4.
No changes were made to hand-watering, drip irrigation or soaker hoses. Customers can use these irrigation methods any day of the week.
Swimming Pools, Pressure Washing and Cars
SJWTX also adjusted Drought Stage 3 conditions.
When Drought Stage 3 is initiated, filling swimming pools and pressure-washing is prohibited.
Public swimming pools may be exempt from this prohibition in order to maintain safe levels of water quality for human contact.
Car washing will be allowed only at commercial car-wash facilities that recycle water.
New Drought-Tracking Measures
SJWTX said it “has committed to a more-comprehensive determination of the drought stages.”
“Before we ask customers to change their use, we will use new tools and metrics to better monitor conditions in the service area,” the company said in its email. “These measures include new considerations of precipitation and aquifer levels. The measures were determined with a thorough review of historical data as compared to in-field experience.”
The company urges customers to email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns. For more information, visit sjwtx.com.
Free Irrigation Checkup Program
In a separate email, SJWTX said it will offer free checks of customers’ irrigation systems.
“The good news is that a lot of water can be conserved just by making sure your irrigation sytem is in good working order and that your controller is set to meet the needs of your individual landscape and the community watering schedule,” the company said.
To carry out the program, it partnered with The W.I.S.E. Guys, a third-party vendor that works with utilities across Texas to promote conservation and efficient outdoor use.
The first round of the program is limited to 200 participants.
About SJTX, formerly Canyon Lake Water Service Company
SJWTX is a state-regulated, investor-owned utility providing water service to approximately 36,000 people through more than 13,400 connections in Comal and southern Blanco Counties.