Water Woes Plague Blanco, Now Under Stage 5 Drought Restrictions

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The City of Blanco today rescinded a boil water notice issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on Tuesday and moved back into Stage 5 drought restrictions which prohibit irrigating landscaped areas and washing of cars, motorbikes, boats, trailers and other vehicles.

Effective immediately, Blanco said it will manage limited water supplies and/or reduced water demand by reducing or discontinuing flushing of water mains; reducing or discontinuing irrigation of public landscaped areas; using alternative supply sources; and by using reclaimed water for non-potable purposes.

Blanco declared Stage 6 emergency water restrictions on Wednesday due to distribution challenges with its water supplier, The Texas Water Company (TWC).

Those restrictions included stopping all outdoor water usage except for watering livestock animals. All industrial usage was halted.

On Facebook the city also blamed the recent winter storm and citywide leaks for its water issues.

A main line break at U.S. 281 and 4th street earlier this week forced the city to shut off water service citywide, resulting in a boil water notice from TCEQ.

Today, Blanco said its public water system completed necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of water used for human consumption.

According to TWC’s website, Blanco is under Stage 2 drought restrictions which limit landscape watering to once every other week.

Blanco and TWC made news in July 2023 when a small pipe break in the utility’s system drained the town’s water supply, forcing officials to implement Stage 6 drought restrictions. Click here to learn more.

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