The City of Bulverde Wastewater Treatment Facility within Singing Hills Development, Photo by Tom Hackleman of Vantage Drone , a Texas Vantage, Inc. company. 

Utilities


Connecting You to the Right Providers For Your Needs.

The Bulverde/Spring Branch area is a rapidly growing community located in Western Comal County. In fact, the highest concentration of new housing is taking place along the US Hwy 281 and State Hwy. 46 corridors which inevitability fosters commercial growth. As a result, the current and future demands for power, water, wastewater and communication services are significant. We are fortunate to have some great partners that are on the forefront in providing our area with sustainable and affordable sources for all these infrastructure needs. The state demographer estimates that Comal County is the fifth-fastest growing of Texas’ 254 counties.

Communications Services

GVTC Communications is headquartered right here in the Bulverde/Spring Branch area and is the largest telephone cooperative in Texas, whose service area spans 2,000 square miles and eleven counties.  GVTC began more than half a century ago as a telephone cooperative with the purpose of providing modern phone service to remote parts of the Texas Hill Country and other rural areas to the north of San Antonio. Today, GVTC has evolved into a comprehensive communications provider with offerings that go well beyond residential and business telephone service.

GVTC products and services:

  • cable TV
  • high-speed Internet
  • digital security service
  • long distance
  • advanced data services
  • High Definition TV
  • Digital Video Recorder
  • Video on Demand
  • local and unlimited long-distance calling plans
  • voice mail systems
  • Fiber-To-The-Home technology (FTTH)
  • Fiber-To-The-Business (FTTB) service

For more information, visit www.gvtc.com or call 830.885.4411/800.367.4882 Toll Free

Electricity

The Bulverde/Spring Branch area is served by two powerhouse award winning companies:

Perdernales Electric Cooperative, a private electric utility owned by the members they serve. PEC now delivers electricity to more than 236,000 active accounts throughout 8,100 square miles — an area larger than the state of Massachusetts — and they have the most meters of any electric cooperative in the United States.

CPS Energythe largest municipally owned energy Company in the nation providing both gas and electricity in the Greater San Antonio area.

Water

Historically, area residences and commercial businesses were on individual water wells, however, over the years centralized water systems became necessary to handle the water demand generated by an increase in area population and increase in higher density subdivisions.

Water is a precious commodity in the region with a majority of the community depending on groundwater from the Trinity Aquifer. However, due to the rapid growth this area has seen in recent years, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) saw a need to supplement this water source with surface water from Canyon Reservoir (aka Canyon Lake) to ensure sustainability and continued economic growth in the region and as a result, constructed the Western Canyon Water Treatment Plant and began delivering treated water to customers on April 3, 2006.

Canyon Lake Water Service Company (CLWSC) is a state-regulated investor owned utility providing water service to approximately 36,000 people through more than 13,400 connections in Comal and southern Blanco Counties. On May 31, 2006 the utility became part of the SJW Corp. and a member of the San Jose Water Company family via the purchase of Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation by SJWTX, Inc.  SJWTX is a subsidiary of SJW Group, a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SJW.  Although the name has changed, CLWSC’s rich history and commitment to outstanding customer service remains the same. The original Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation became an operating entity in 1994 as a member-owned non-profit water utility, consolidating 46 separate ground water systems. The residents of the 46 independent systems were consuming groundwater from Trinity Aquifer wells which yielded an insufficient quantity of water to meet the summer peak demand. The Supply Corporation founders recognized that groundwater supplies alone were inadequate to support the water demands of a growing community and that centralized surface water treatment plants would make it possible to distribute surface water from Canyon Lake to the residents in Comal County. Since the original acquisition of the Supply Corporation in 2006, CLWSC has grown from approximately 6,000 connections to over 13,400 connections by both acquisition of neighboring systems, growth from new development and organic growth in existing subdivisions.

Wastewater

Most local businesses are utilizing small individual septic systems or have obtained a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to construct larger sewer treatment facilities. Some businesses/property owners have created Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs), Water Control Improvement Districts (WCIDs) or related special districts to assist in funding the needed infrastructure. Partners in these standalone wastewater endeavors include Canyon Lake Water Services Company (CLWSC)  and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) in which they are assisting with operation of the standalone facilities. Currently there are three centralized wastewater treatment facilities in the area. One of which is owned by HEB Grocery Company, operated by Canyon Lake Water Services Company (CLWSC) and located near the Bulverde HEB Center on Old Boerne Road at Bulverde Crossing just off State Hwy. 46 West near the intersection of US 281. The second is owned by the Johnson Ranch Municipal Utility District (MUD), operated by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and within the Johnson Ranch Mixed Use Development located near the northeast quadrant of US 281 and FM 1863. The third is owned by the City of Bulverde, operated by GBRA, is part of Water Control Improvement District No. 6 (“WCID No. 6”), and is within the Singing Hills Mixed Use Development located at the northwest quadrant of US 281 and State Hwy. 46. The City of Bulverde has evaluated the feasibility of a regional interconnected wastewater treatment system and has expended funds to bore the lines under US 281 and State Hwy. 46 to allow for the expansion of the wastewater treatment facility and collection system within the US 281/Hwy. 46 corridor, however, the line extension is the responsibility of the property owners that wish to connect to the system.

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