Stage 5 Water Restrictions Update
Updates for the August 2021 Stage 5 Water Restrictions
The City of Blanco Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan was adopted by City Council in April 2017. Ordinance No. 2017-O-005 states that this is an "ordinance adopting a water conservation plan and a drought contingency plan for the City of Blanco, to promote the responsible use of water and establishing the criteria for the initiation and termination of drought response stages, including restrictions, providing for penalties, providing severability, and establishing an effective date.
August 13, 2021
The City of Blanco is slowly recovering from its water crisis earlier this week; however, we are not out of the woods yet. Because of resident cooperation and infrastructure repairs, we are able to move water restrictions to Stage 4 for the weekend. We are hopeful that progress is made over the weekend and we can move to a lower stage on Monday. Stage 4 means that our target is to achieve a 40% reduction in total water use or daily water demand. For citizens, this means irrigation of landscaped areas shall be limited to designated watering days between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and midnight and shall be by means of hand held hoses, hand held buckets, or drip irrigation only. The use of hose end sprinklers or permanently installed automatic sprinkler systems are prohibited at all times. No personal washing of vehicles of any type and commercial car washes shall occur only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Residents may not fill pools, wading pools or jacuzzies. No ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes may be filled except where necessary to support aquatic life or where they are equipped with a recirculation system. We really appreciate everyone's cooperation during this time. Please continue to conserve water. Thank you!
August 12, 2021
The million-gallon tank is staying at the same level (10-11 feet) even with people actively pulling water from the tank for usage. We can maintain this level right now by staying on Stage 5. The desired tank level is around 20 feet with usage. We are not there yet, but we are inching closer. Hopefully, the evening hours will bring the level up. If that happens, we should be able to drop Stage 5 restrictions in the morning. We appreciate all of your patience and cooperation.
Water conditions are improving. The million-gallon tank is now at 22% capacity. The City will continue on Stage 5 until conditions improve and stabilize. Another update will be provided later this afternoon. Citizens are asked to continue to conserve water.
The City of Blanco consumed 212,000 gallons of water in the last 24 hours. This is a new record low for this time of the year. Thank you for all of your efforts during this time; we sincerely appreciate it!
August 11, 2021
The City of Blanco currently has the reserve water tank full which allows for normal operating pressure in our system. The million-gallon tank that the City shares with Canyon Lake is not full at this time. The second leak was located this afternoon and is currently being repaired. The City is hopeful after this leak is repaired, the million-gallon tank will begin filling in an adequate amount of time. As of 5:55 p.m. on August 11, the Stage 5 water restrictions are still in place. The City does have cases of water and a filled water ready truck on standby in the event the situation worsens. Please continue to conserve water during this time.
Water has not been shut off to all commercial businesses. At this time the only businesses that have been shut off are the two major water users in the City. We appreciate everyone's cooperation during this situation.
The water situation has improved overnight.CLWS has repaired one of the two leaks so far. The City of Blanco has enough water to last another day and the million gallon tank is filling up slowly. At this time the City will remain at Stage 5; we have a meeting at noon and will keep everyone updated on the situation. Please continue to conserve water.
August 10, 2021
A water leak has been identified and it is currently being repaired. The City of Blanco is going to stay on stage 5 water restrictions and will reassess tomorrow. Until then, please comply with restriction so that all citizens of Blanco have water for home usage.
The City of Blanco was notified by Canyon Lake Water Supply Company a few hours ago that Canyon Lake has reached its capacity due to high usage in the Canyon Lake area.This means that the City of Blanco is having to rely on its reserve water tank. It is predicted that our reserve water tank will not last more than a 24 hour period. The City of Blanco will immediately go to Stage 5 water restrictions. This means that we might have to consider terminating water services to certain users, no users are allowed to water their lawns or wash their cars. Water is limited to essential use for health & safety only. We will attempt to keep you informed as the situation progresses.
The City of Blanco is currently operating off of the reserve water tank at the Water Treatment Plant. Canyon Lake is experiencing high volume usage at this time and is actively searching for leaks. Please conserve as much water as possible during this time. We will keep everyone updated and informed. Thank you!