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Hill Country's largest city could hit Stage 1 water restrictions very soon

With no major rain city could enter water restrictions by next week, NBU says

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – As the summer months continue to get hotter, and rain chances decrease New Braunfels residents might soon find themselves limited in when they can water.

Without any significant rainfall and should the aquifer continue to drop between a half-foot and to 1-foot per day, the city’s utility announced Tuesday that residents might face Stage 1 water restrictions by next week. 

“The aquifer has been dropping at a rate of about one-half to 1-foot per day over the past few weeks,” New Braunfels Utility environmental affairs manager Suzanne Williams said. “While NBU has a diverse and robust water supply, about 40 percent of it is subject to mandated restrictions from regulating agencies." 

In the past seven weeks, the residents have gone from using 10.5 million gallons of water per day to over 18 million.

During the first stage of water restrictions, landscape watering using a sprinkler or irrigation system is permitted one day per week, based on the last digit of the customer’s address.

Though the area picked up over an inch of rain on Monday, the utility said the aquifer dropped one-tenth of a foot.

NBU last faced water restrictions in December 2015.

Customers can call the utility at 830-608-8925 to request a free water performance assessment to see if there are ways they can save water.

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