Drought Contingency Plan

In cases of dire water supply during extended drought conditions, the City has adopted a Drought Contingency Plan. In summary, triggers for each stage are as follows:

Stage 1 - Two of three conditions must be met:
  1. Test well averages less than or equal to 1045 feet for fifteen consecutive days
  2. Water system's average daily production of Trinity Aquifer groundwater for the same fifteen consecutive days exceeds 1.2 million gallons per day 
  3. GBRA implements Stage 1 from their Drought Contingency Plan
Water restrictions imposed:
  • Reduce the use of all nonessential water.
  • All landscaping permits have been rescinded and no new permits shall be issued, with an exception for newly built residential homes and commercial establishments. Residents may continue to water on their designated day or hand water by hose at any time.
  • Surcharges will go into effect for consumption over 25,000 gallons.
Stage 2 - Two of three conditions must be met:
  1. Test well averages less than or equal to 1030 feet for eight consecutive days
  2. Water system's average daily production of Trinity Aquifer groundwater for the same eight consecutive days exceeds .7 million gallons per day 
  3. GBRA implements Stage 2 from their Drought Contingency Plan
Water restrictions imposed:
  • In addition to the stage 1 water restrictions, ornamental water fountain usage is also banned.
  • Surcharges will go into effect for consumption over 18,000 gallons.

Stage 3 - One of three conditions must be met:
  1. Test well averages less than or equal to 1015 feet
  2. Water system's normal production of 1.2 million gallons per day of Trinity Aquifer groundwater cannot be maintained for seven consecutive days
  3. GBRA implements Stage 3 from their Drought Contingency Plan
Water restrictions imposed:
  • In addition to Stage 1 and 2 water restrictions, all nonessential water usage is strictly prohibited. This includes all landscape watering through irrigation and sprinklers. You may still hand water by hose.
  • New landscaping and the construction of new swimming pools is also prohibited.
  • Surcharges will continue for consumption over 18,000 gallons. 

Questions? Please call the City’s Environmental Program Manager at (210) 698-0900.



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Drought Monitor


 
As of November 28, 2022, the City current conditions are:

Stage 2 Drought is in effect - Consumption will be subject to Drought Surcharge. 

Stage 2 of the Plan is implemented when two of the following three conditions are met: (1) the static water level in the FORU observation well averages less than or equal to 1030 feet above mean sea level for eight consecutive days, (2) the water system’s average daily production of Trinity Aquifer groundwater for the same eight consecutive days exceeds 700,000 gallons per day, or (3) Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) implements Stage 2 water reduction requirements from their drought contingency plan. 

 
  • Well Level 60-Day Average = 1024.92 feet above Mean Sea Level
  • GBRA Canyon Reservoir elevation above trigger point.
  • 15 Day Average 1025.67
Stage 2 Drought Responses
Same as Stage 1 plus ornamental water fountain usage is banned and water used
over 18, 000 gallons per residential account per billing period is assessed a drought surcharge in addition to the normal monthly rate:


Water Usage Drought Surcharge per 1,000 Gallons
0 to 18,000 gallons  $0.00
18,001 to 25,000 gallons  $5.00
25,001 to 40,000 gallons  $7.50
40,001 to 60,000 gallons $10.00
60,001 to 75,000 gallons $15.00
75,001 to 100,00 gallons $20.00
Over 100,000 gallons $30.00

11-27-2022 Well Data