GBRA Lowers Drought Measures on Hydroelectric Lakes from Stage II to Stage I

Posted: May 12, 2015

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LaMarriol Smith, (830) 379-5822,

SEGUIN, TX — Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) officials on Tuesday announced drought measures have been adjusted from Stage II to Stage I restrictions for its hydroelectric lakes. This goes into effect immediately for diversions and use of water from the hydroelectric lakes in Comal, Guadalupe and Gonzales counties. Restrictions will affect lawn watering, outdoor fountain use, vehicle washing and other areas.

According to GBRA’s Drought Contingency Plan, Stage I applies on any day following a day when the average 24-hour spring flow rate is at or below 250 cubic feet per second (cfs), but greater than 200 cfs. May 12, 2015, the average flow at Comal Springs 24-hour was 213 cfs, triggering Stage I restrictions.

Critical period stages apply to any diverter of water other than contracted stored water that diverts and uses water from any of the GBRA hydroelectric lakes ? Lake Dunlap (Comal and Guadalupe counties, Lake McQueeney (Guadalupe County), Lake Placid (Guadalupe County), Lake Nolte (Guadalupe County), H4 or Lake Gonzales and H5 or Lake Wood (both in Gonzales County).

With Stage I in effect, the following restrictions on the hydro lakes will apply:

1.    No person may waste water, including allowing irrigation tailwater or water from vehicle washing at a residence to escape from that person’s property.

2.    No person may use water to wash an impervious outdoor ground covering such as a parking lot, driveway, street or sidewalk unless for health or safety reasons.

3.    No person may use water for landscape watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. However, landscape watering by means of a bucket, hand-held or soaker hose, or a properly installed drip irrigation system is permitted at any time. This subsection does not apply to reclaimed, reuse or recycled water.

4.    Every person who owns or has possession of a swimming pool must cover the pool with an effective evaporation cover, screen or shield covering at least 25 percent of the surface of the pool when the pool is not in active use. Active use includes necessary maintenance that requires removal of the cover, screen or shields. Active use of public, commercial and apartment pools is whenever the pool is not officially closed.

5.    No person may wash a vehicle at other than a commercial vehicle wash facility except on Monday and Friday, before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. Such washing must be done on a lawn or other pervious surface using a bucket or hand-held hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle.

GBRA’s Drought Contingency Plan is available to read online at the following link: http://www.gbra.org/documents/conservation/GBRADroughtContingencyPlan.pdf

Other drought details and information may be found on GBRA’s website at: http://www.gbra.org/drought/default.aspx

The GBRA was established by the Texas Legislature in 1933 as a water conservation and reclamation district. GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its 10-county statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay, and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun, and Refugio counties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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