KYLE, Texas — The spillway collapsing at the dam at Lake Dunlap (Guadalupe River) just south of New Braunfels has an impact on the city of Kyle, 30 miles to the north.
Kyle gets some of its water from the reservoir on the Guadalupe River.
So when the spillway collapsed and drained the body of water, that meant there would be a strain on the water infrastructure in Kyle. As a precaution, the city implemented voluntary water restrictions, though the specifics on the restriction are not confirmed.
“We are just asking them to be leery of using additional irrigation outside, filling up pools or automobile washing — anything that’s not really necessary,” said James Earp, Assistant City Manager for the City of Kyle.
Kyle gets its water from the Edwards Aquifer, Barton Springs, and Lake Dunlap, though the majority of the water Kyle consumes is from the Aquifer and Barton Springs.
“There’s no reason to panic,” added Earp. “We are not going to run out of water or anything like that.”
As for the damage done to the spillway, the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA) says they are still determining what caused the spillway to collapse. They add the timeline in deterring that is dependent on the weather, so their engineers can take a closer look at the structure.
Hours after the collapse, pumps were brought in to ensure that the water that is flowed to Kyle and other places would remain intact.
There is no word yet on when the voluntary restrictions will be lifted.