Our various Real County utilities (water, sewer, trash, phone and internet, electrical, and propane) must serve and support both our local community and the many people that will come to visit during the eclipse event.
The county is providing portable restrooms in multiple locations around the county for the total eclipse. These restrooms are located near the Real County courthouse square (Leakey),
RV'ers should dump their black water only at approved water treating locations. Please keep our rivers and streams pristine. The following locations can accept your blackwater:
Please don't litter where you play. The county is providing trash dumpsters in several locations around the county for visitors to leave their generated trash. Please pick up after yourselves and others. Up-2-You trash bags are provided by Keep It Really Beautiful (KIRB).
Banks with ATM's:
First State Bank Uvalde (Leakey, Concan)
Other ATM locations are:
<other locations to be determined>.
Cell coverage is limited in the county. AT&T provides the most coverage in the area. T-Mobile and Verizon might be available in some areas. Check your cell company's coverage maps. Although cell companies might bring in additional temporary cell towers to handle the demand, there might be many areas that would normally have cell coverage may not be useable in hours of increased demand surrounding the days or hours of the total eclipse.
Many "land-line" phones in the area also depend on some of the same data-lines that handle internet communications. Be aware that some phones may only allow certain phones to call or numbers to be called during peak load times.
HCTC has advised the following:
“HCTC is closely monitoring the expected impacts to our local communities resulting from both the October 2023 Annual Eclipse as well as the April 2024 Total Eclipse. The Annual Eclipse next year will present numerous challenges to our local first responders and infrastructure as our area is inundated with visitors from around the world. HCTC is taking precautions for such an event, and we do not expect loss of communications services. If services do become encumbered for unforeseen reasons, WiFi deployments, similar to the Leakey Jubilee event will be active and available for service.”
For a solution that doesn't depend on local fiber or cell tower bandwidth, consider a satellite solution, Star Link.
For a phone solution that doesn't depend on local fiber or cell tower bandwidth, consider a satellite solution without internet. Contact Will Patterson at 254-978-0794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following places have Wi-Fi internet hot spots connected via HCTC, BEC, SWTC, and other providers:
Be aware, these and other Wi-Fi locations depend on the bandwidth of local fiber connections. They may be slow or unavailable in hours of peak demand surrounding the time of the total eclipse.
Electricity is provided to Real County by Bandera Electric Cooperative and ATP. With all the visitors in the canyons, the electrical usage may be much greater than normal. With recent improvements we expect capacity to be adequate in much of the area.
Water may be an issue with all the visitors in the canyons. If visiting, please bring your own water. If you bring bottled water, please remember to recycle the plastic bottles. Look for recycle bins provided by Keep It Real Beautiful (KIRB).
Given that local water supplies are adequate, the following places can provide potable water for visitors:
Locals should have their propane tanks filled several weeks before the total eclipse. Visitors should fill their recreational propane tanks before visiting the canyons. Propane supplies may run short, and roads may be congested hampering deliveries. Propane in 20lb tanks might be available at the following vendors:
The next eclipse preparedness meeting is
Thursday, February 22nd, 6pm,
at the Real County Library, Leakey, TX.