Texas Water Company (TWC), which supplies Canyon Lake, has moved Bulverde, Spring Branch, Blanco, Mystic Shores and other areas north of Canyon Lake from Stage 2 into Emergency Drought Stage until further notice.
Towns, neighborhoods and areas impacted by today’s decision include Mystic Shores, Stallion Estates, Deer River, Lake of the Hills, Comal Hills, Cross Canyon Ranch, Cascada, Springs of Rebecca Creek, Spring Branch, Lantana Ridge, Cypress Springs, River Crossing, Oakland Estates, Bulverde, Singing Hills, Saddle Ridge, Copper Canyon, Edgebrook, Hidden Trails, Ventana, Glenwood Belle Oaks, and the City of Blanco.
Excessive demand and several ongoing main-transmission-line repairs have resulted in low water storage, potentially impacting the company’s ability to provide safe, clean drinking water.
“Today, Wednesday, a non-watering day, saw significant decreases in water storage to critical points, prompting this move to the emergency watering stage,” said Larry Jackson, TWC’s director of Customer Service & Communications. “By suspending grass watering and landscape irrigation, we should be able to restore water storage levels in tanks and facilities to ensure the health and safety of the communities we serve.”
Up to 70% of the water produced by TWC is not used for drinking, cooking, washing or other purposes — it’s used to water grass and irrigate landscapes.
“If all customers adhere to the watering schedules we would not need to issue an Emergency Watering Stage,” Jackson said.
Under the new restrictions, water consumption is limited to indoor-use only. Residential, commercial, wholesale and industrial customers are prohibited from landscape irrigation until further notice, TWC said on its website.
Watering and landscape irrigation schedules are outlined in the utility’s state-approved Drought Contingency Plan.
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