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The Headwaters at the Comal will be a beautiful place for visitors and locals alike to connect to nature, but also a leader in water and energy conservation best practices for today and the future.

The Headwaters at the Comal is a living tribute to the history of people. It demonstrates the intersection of history and water; is the reason for the existence of the community of New Braunfels; and, as discovered through recent archaeological finds, has been a gathering place of people for thousands of years.

Going back to the 1930s, this site was the first waterworks for the City of New Braunfels. When the municipal utility provider moved its operations off the property in 2004, discussions began on what next to do with the property. There was recognition this was a historically important and environmentally sensitive site, landlocked in a residential neighborhood and prone to flooding, but also a working operations site for the utility provider.

Headwaters at the Comal is located near downtown New Braunfels and is a 16 acre tract of land which has served New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) as a warehouse; fleet and facilities yard; office and inventory storage facility from the 1940s until 2004.  NBU’s intention is to partner with community, corporate, and other like-minded funding partners, to restore this unique riparian habitat and develop the site into a multi-use facility, used to honor the cultural and environmental history of the site and encourage future stewardship of the environment, water, and community.  In addition to becoming an environmental showcase for the community, opportunities will be available for visitors, school groups, and researchers to discover and share the latest information in water and energy conservation, awareness, and education.

After going to the community in a series of charrettes, or brainstorming activities, the idea for the Headwaters at the Comal was created. A vision for the site to become an environmental showcase and a place where people of all ages can learn; have fun; and experience history and nature.

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