The Comal Springs feed the Comal River, and people usually come to see and take pictures of the springs that bubble up at the edge of Landa Park just below Panther Canyon in New Braunfels, but New Braunfels Utilities spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said that spring is no longer visible.
"This is one of those visual impacts of the drought," Reuwer said.
The springs have not dried up to this extent for many years, at least since the mid-80s, and before that not since the 1950s.
The Edwards Aquifer has slipped below the trigger point for Stage Three water restrictions in both San Antonio and New Braunfels. One city has decided to take action, while the other will wait it out.
The Aquifer hit 639 feet today, setting the ball rolling for every other week watering, at least for San Antonio and New Braunfels. New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil issued a declaration stating Stage Three would begin on Monday. Utility Spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer says the first week of no watering will be August 19th.
Several residents have reported strange phone calls about water testing in their homes so New Braunfels Utilities is cautioning its customers that there may be a scam in the works since the people ask to come outside of business hours.
"That kind of raises some concern whether their drinking water is okay," said NBU Communication Manager Gretchen Reuwer. "Many of them have agreed, but once they do that, they start thinking about the time in the evening that these people want to come in, and they know that NBU has regular office hours," Reuwer said.
According to a city ordinance read into the record Monday night, three-wheeled pedicabs would be allowed to take pedestrians around downtown area.
New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil said there are already business people hoping to start running pedicabs as soon as possible.
"I think it will just be a nice added amenity and particularly since it does cover the historic downtown area where we have a lot of historic buildings and things. I think it will certainly be a nice attraction," Pospisil said.
The City of New Braunfels is about to get a lot bigger thanks to last week's city council approval of a master-planned community moving in over the next decade.
The project that will be known as Veramendi exists today as a 2,400-acre private ranch that remains as just about the only undeveloped land on Loop 337 between Hwy. 46 and the Guadalupe River. There’s only one driveway into the property off the Loop, which is just down the road from New Braunfels High School.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are 27 landfills in Texas that are producing enough methane gas to make electricity or provide fuel to power industrial equipment. The agency says another 57 landfills are candidates for such projects.