This summer tubing on the Comal River has continued, but at a slower than usual pace.
"It's 129 CFS right now,” Steven Ramsey, Director of Public Works, said. “The historical average is about 270 so that's about 1/2 the historic average."
The strain of the hot, dry summer added to the ongoing drought is starting to show on the Comal Springs. In the past week, the spring stopped flowing.
"It's just further indication that we're in a drought situation, and it is one of the larger springs that feed the Comal River,” Ramsey said. "When one of the main springs goes dry people take notice.”
Luckily, hundreds of springs make up the Comal River, but as the drought continues, the river's flow will continue to drop.
New Braunfels city leaders say tubing will continue through Labor Day, but what next year's season will look like depends on the weather.
"It will be interesting to see what the winter and the spring hold with regards to trying to get some very beneficial rains that can replenish the aquifer," Ramsey said.
The city of New Braunfels is currently under Stage 3 of its water conservation plan. That means, like in San Marcos, watering with sprinklers is only permitted once, every other week.