TWC Eases Restrictions but Warns GBRA Could Slash Water Supplies by 15% in March

This graph by Water Data for Texas shows Canyon Lake's water levels from 1990 (first vertical line at left) to today. Green represents conservation pool while red is flood pool. Canyon Lake Reservoir is only 60% full, a record low.

Texas Water Company (TWC) moved Canyon Lake back to Drought Stage 2 watering restrictions Monday but warned customers to take on any pool or pressure-washing projects now because the reprieve may not last long.

If drought conditions in the region do not improve TWC customers will return to Drought Stage 3, which is similar to Stage 2 but does not allow pool filling, pressure washing or car washing.

“With the Canyon Lake Reservoir continuing to drop, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) is preparing to enact its Drought Stage 3 response,” TWC said in an email to customers. “As a wholesale customer, our water supplied by the GBRA will be reduced by 15% while under Drought Stage 3. Current projections estimate that the GBRA could enact Drought Stage 3 in early March based on seasonal use and if drought conditions do not improve.”

TWC urges customers to consider investing in pool covers to reduce water lost to evaporation and to lower pool maintenance costs.

Under Stage 2, watering with an irrigation system is allowed once every other week based on assigned days. Watering times are between 7-10 a.m. or 7-10 p.m.

Canyon Lake is only 60% full at 888.14 feet.

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