County Line SUD currently pumps water from the Edwards Aquifer. The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) is charged by the State of Texas to manage pumpage from the aquifer in order to maintain certain spring flows from the Comal and San Marcos Springs.
The level of the aquifer is determined by measuring the water level in a well designated as J-17. As the level (feet to sea level) in this well declines or increases, the EAA will issue Drought Stages that must be followed by all municipal pumpers. These stages will be announced in the Onion Creek Free Press, any San Antonio news source, and will follow those instituted by the city of Kyle. It must be noted that those stages talked about by Austin news sources are not the same as those which County Line SUD will follow because of the difference in the source of the water.
STAGE I (at or below 650ft.)
GOAL: Achieve a voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use.
- Water customers are requested to voluntarily limit the irrigation of landscaped areas to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a street address ending in an even number and Saturdays and Wednesdays for customers with an address ending in an odd number, and to irrigate lawns only between the hours of midnight and 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to midnight on designated watering days.
- Water customers are requested to practice water conservation and to minimize or discontinue water use for non-essential purposes.
GOAL: Achieve a 30 percent reduction in water use.
- Irrigation of lawns with hose end sprinklers, automatic or drip irrigation systems shall be limited to the same times as in Stage I.
- Use of water for the washing of vehicles or buildings is restricted to designated watering days and times.
- Operation of ornamental fountains is prohibited.
- Use of water for swimming pools, wading pools, or Jacuzzi-type pools, is restricted to designated watering days and times.
- Use of water for dust prevention, washing sidewalks and driveways, or other hard surface areas is prohibited.
- Use of water from the fire hydrants shall be restricted to health and safety use. Water for construction purposes will be by special permit only.
GOAL: Achieve a 40 percent reduction in water use.
- Irrigation of lawn areas will be limited to designated days and times and will be done by hand-held bucket or drip irrigation system.
- The use of water for construction purposes will be discontinued.