Texas Water Company Warns Customers to Follow Stage 3 Drought Restrictions — or Else

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Today's drought monitor on Drought.gov shows Canyon Lake sits on the dividing line between extreme drought and severe drought.

The Texas Water Company (TWC) says it may have to crack down on customers in the Canyon Lake/New Braunfels area who are ignoring Stage 3 drought restrictions implemented Tuesday.

In a statement Friday the utility said it continues to see high water usage and consumption due to lawn watering and landscape irrigation, especially during non-water weeks and non-watering days.

“If TWC does not see improved and sustained water-storage levels needed for the health and safety of the community, we may invoke further restrictions as we continue to monitor our water supply, production and consumption levels,” said TWC Director of Customer Service & Communications Larry Jackson. “Canyon Lake water levels are nearing thresholds set by the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA) that may result in additional water-use restrictions.”

Those restrictions kick in when Canyon Reservoir is less than 895 feet or storage capacities are less than 41%. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Canyon Reservoir is currently at 894.86 feet.

The warning only applies to customers in Comal, Blanco, Bandera and Medina counties. According to Drought.gov, there has been no change in Comal County’s drought conditions since last month.

In Stage 3, 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 your address. For details on designated watering weeks and days, visit  txwaterco.com.

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  1. I have only been in the area for about 5 years. Is there a historical calendar of drought days(and stages) available online? I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, fueled by the Salt River Project from the Salt and Verde Rivers and Central Arizona Project from the Colorado River. I do not recall this many drought restrictions there, so I am wondering what projects, other than Canyon Lake, fuel the areas’ water supply for TWC? I am aware of some groundwater aquifers in the general Hill Country area. I started using a soaker hose when I saw that was permitted.

    “Watering by hand, bucket, drip irrigation, or soaker hose is allowed on any day between 7:00 am – 10:00 am or 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. For more information, see https://www.txwaterco.com/water-conservation/watering-schedules-county

  2. Its because this company is owned by Californians who like to control every aspect of your life. How about tell all the pool owners and golf course owners to stop using water? That would hurt the elite wouldn’t it

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