Letters of Interest
Letter from the City- August, 2019
Backflow Prevention:
 
City puts backflow prevention at forefront for Horseshoe Bay water customers
 
By Bill Teeter
 
The City of Horseshoe Bay is asking residents to take an extra step to protect themselves and their neighbors from contaminants mingling with their drinking water.
 
In July the City announced that it has begun to require all customers with landscape irrigation to have tests performed on their irrigation system backflow prevention assemblies every five years to make sure they are functioning. 
 
Backflow preventers do what the term indicates: they keep dirty, undrinkable water or other fluids from reversing flow into pipes containing drinking water, whether it be in the public water system or private plumbing. 
 
Backflow preventers are critical to protecting public health. They are required on all irrigation systems connected to public water systems. However, they must be in working condition to fulfill their purpose.
 
The City is taking this step because the anti-backflow devices often break-down after a period of years. Some studies have found that backflow preventers older than seven years often cannot pass a test for proper function, which means they are no longer reliable for protecting public health. 
 
There are many backflow preventers on sprinkler systems in Horseshoe Bay which are much more than a decade old. Periodic testing helps assure they are working to protect their owners and the public water supply. 
 
Backflow commonly occurs with a pressure drop in one area of a system of pipes. The pressure drop causes a vacuum and pull from other areas of the system. For instance, a water main break could cause a lower pressure in the main, which could lead to a siphoning action pulling from the service lines of nearby homes and yards.
 
This suction could also pull back water from irrigation lines into the property’s plumbing and the City main line. Water in irrigation lines is liable to carry pieces of grass trimmings, dirt, particles of animal feces, dead insects and lawn chemicals. 
 
Backflow incidents have been documented in other places. For example, in 2015 the City of Corpus Christi tied sprinkler system backflow to e-coli contamination in drinking water lines.
 
 In other cases across the country irrigation systems with inadequate backflow protection  have been found to be the source of microscopic worms and debris  showing up in drinking water, as well as cases of giardia, a water-borne parasite which causes illness in humans. 
 
Currently, under state rules,  in most cases irrigation backflow preventers are only required to be tested upon installation. Cities have the option to add more  stringent  testing rules which may include periodic testing of all irrigation backflow preventers. This is the action Horseshoe Bay has decided to take.
 
Other Texas cities and water systems which have chosen to do periodic testing include Round Rock, San Antonio and San Marcos. 
 
To start, the City has divided the City map into five zones. Letters are being mailed to each zone sequentially, with three months being allowed to comply within a zone. Once that zone is complete, the City will move to the next. The intent is to have the entire City covered in about 18 months.
 
Zone 1, where testing is now occurring, is the northeastern portion of the City bounded by RM 2147 on the south, Hi Circle West on the west, and by Hi Circle North and Lake LBJ on the north and east, and including homes around Broken Arrow and Lighthouse Drive. 
 
Residents with irrigation backflow preventers tested in the last five years should not receive notices until their five-year test date comes up, assuming the tester submitted a report to the City at the time of the test. Also, property owners with systems drawing water from Lake LBJ normally do not need backflow preventers because there should be no connection to the City water system.
 
Tests should be available for $100 or less. 
 
In cases where the backflow device does not pass, it must be promptly repaired or replaced. 
 
Residents may wait until they get a letter from the City, but they may get their backflow preventers tested before receiving notice if they wish. They may also have their units tested more frequently than once every 5 years.
 
If you decide to go ahead and hire a tester before receiving a notice, understand that the tester must be registered with Vepollc.com, the City’s contractor for electronic storage of backflow test records. You can find a list of local testers by going to the website and clicking on “Backflow management,” “Registered BPAT list,” and then go to a dropdown list to click on “City of Horseshoe Bay.” Then, click on “Show registrations.”
 
The list will appear. However, we have included an abbreviated version of the Vepollc .com list here.  
 
For further questions please call me at 830-598-9973.
 
Bill Teeter is the City of Horseshoe Bay’s water conservation specialist.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Letter from the City- May, 2019
Parking Notice:
 
 
May 22, 2019 POA Presidents,
 
Summertime is almost here! Along with that comes friends, relatives, children, and grandchildren to spend quality time at the lake.
 
I am sure all of you have noticed the increased traffic, the increased building and construction we have going on, and all the other symptoms displayed by a growing, prosperous community. However, one area that we always struggle with this time of year is in parking.
 
I am asking each of the POA Presidents to share with your individual communities this brief message from the Police Department on parking.
 
With the upcoming summer holidays that brings many visitors and guests, the Police Department is asking each individual community member to please share with their out of town friends and family a few of our parking ordinances so they too can be informed.
 
Horseshoe Bay is a unique community and some of our parking ordinances can be quite different from other Cities. Here are a few basic things we are asking you to share with guests:
  • Parking on the street is restricted to the property line boundary of the residence owned or the residence being visited. Property owners are allowed 12 hours every 24 hour period. In town visitors are granted the same. Out of town guests are limited to 72 hours, twice in any 30 day period.
  •  Vehicles parked on the street must face in the proper direction, that being with the flow of traffic (Texas State Statute).
  •  Our city streets are narrow by design. 2 vehicles, parked directly across the street from one another and otherwise legally parked, can create an impassable issue for the much wider EMS and Fire Apparatus.
  •   Parking on an unimproved/vacant lot or area is not allowed.
  •   Parking is not allowed in a front, side, or back yard.
  •   Watercraft trailers can only be parked in a driveway, and only for a period of 24
               hours. This is allowed once within any 30 day period for the purpose of loading, unloading, cleaning or
               routine type maintenance.
  •  RV’s/motor homes may only be parked in a driveway, and only for a period of 24 hours, twice within any 30 day period, and only for the purpose of loading, unloading, cleaning, or maintenance.
 The HSB POA owns and operates a campground for RV’s and it’s located on Hi Mesa at Slick Rock Creek.
There are other restrictions, but these seem to be the most frequent issues that arise when the City is full of visitors and guests. Hopefully by informing your individual family members and visitors, it could make their stay more enjoyable and keep the police officers free to address other matters.
 
If a question arises about parking, please feel free to contact one of the officers or call the office at 830-598-2633. We would be glad to answer any question and help find a solution so we can avoid parking issues.
Secondly, please share with your families and out of town guests a word of caution when using Lake LBJ. The fall flood of 2018 had a significant impact on the Lake. Sand bars have shifted, moved, and in some cases grown in size. Although efforts were made by property owners and the LCRA to locate, remove and/or mark water hazards, there are still numerous dangers when navigating the lake.
 
Finally, on behalf of all the men and women at HSBPD, we would like to take the opportunity to wish each of you a safe, happy, and fun 2019 summer!
 
Thanks,
 
Rocky Wardlow,
Chief, Horseshoe Bay Police
 
 

 
 
Letter from Horseshoe Bay City Ordinance Officer- July, 2019
Garbage Reminder: