San Antonio Water Conservation

Dated: 07/09/2018

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The summer can be a tough time when it comes to keeping the grass green.  We all want to run the sprinklers all the time.  Making sure that we do so in a conservative way helps the community with water conservation.  San Antonio Water Systems has some friendly reminders and helpful information to insure that we are all doing our part to help. 

We are currently experiencing a stage 2 drought in San Antonio.  Make sure that you are aware of water usage in your home.  The details are posted regularly on San Antonio Water System (SAWS) page.  The details of stage 2 affect when you can use certain types of watering tools. 

Stage 2

Stage 2 restrictions begin when the 10-day rolling average of the Edwards Aquifer level reaches 650 feet mean sea level at the monitored well. Coming out of drought stages can be considered 15 days after the aquifer is above the trigger.

  • All restrictions from Stage 1 remain in effect, unless added to or replaced by Stage 2 rules.

  • Landscape watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day, as determined by your address.

  • Watering with drip irrigation or 5-gallon bucket is permitted any day, but only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m.

  • All residential fountains and indoor commercial fountains can operate at any stage of drought. Outdoor commercial fountains must have a SAWS variance in order to operate during drought stages 1 through 4.

  • Watering with a hand-held hose is allowed any time on any day.

  • All non-public swimming pools must have a minimum of 25 percent of the surface area covered with evaporation screens when not in use. Inflatable pool toys or floating decorations may be used for this purpose.

  • Washing impervious cover such as parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is prohibited. Health and safety exceptions to this rule may be requested from SAWS here.

  • Residential car washing allowed during drought once per week on Saturday or Sunday as long as there is no water waste

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