SAWS Conservation: Rain Barrel Coupon
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 662.2'
11/22/17 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Year-Round Watering Hours

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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Aquifer Level 662.2 | Year-Round Watering Hours


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Outdoor Conservation

Rain Barrel Coupon
For SAWS Residential Water Customers

Many of us have watched the rain pouring from our rooftops and wished we could save it for a drier day. Now you can! SAWS is offering coupons towards the purchase of a rain barrel for residential water customers.

image Distribution Event option Retail Store option

Distribution Event

The distribution event option includes an electronic coupon code via email to purchase a rain barrel online at reduced price from the rain barrel manufacturer.

All events are from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Nov. 4: Concordia Lutheran Church, 16801 Huebner Road
    Order by Oct. 20
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Retail Store

The retail option provides you with a paper coupon good for up to two rain barrels purchased at the participating Stone & Soil Depot vendor locations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to apply for a rain barrel?
    Only SAWS residential water customers are eligible. SAWS will provide a lifetime maximum of two coupons for rain barrels per SAWS residental account, whether distribution coupon code or retail paper coupon. However, you may always purchase additional rain barrels at the participating vendor.

  • What's the difference between the distribution and retail options?
    • Distribution Event
      If approved, you will receive an electronic coupon code in an email to purchase one rain barrel. The code does not guarantee or reserve a barrel for you. You must use the code to purchase the rain barrel online from the rain barrel manufacturer included in your email. After you complete your online purchase, you will be mailed a pickup voucher (usually one week before your selected event). You will need to bring this with you to claim your rain barrel at the distribution event.
    • Retail Store
      If approved, you will receive a paper coupon in the mail to purchase up to two rain barrels at a participating Stone & Soil Depot location during regular business hours.
  • Does the rain barrel paper coupon expire?
    The retail coupon is good for 30 days from the date of issue. Once it expires, you must re-apply.
  • Is there a limit on rain barrels?
    There is a lifetime maximum of two coupons per SAWS residential account. You are free to purchase more barrels at the regular retail price.
  • Can I get two rain barrels at a distribution event?
    No, you may only pick up one rain barrel at an event. Please apply for a retail coupon if you would like to purchase a second rain barrel.
  • If I’m unable to pick-up my barrel at the distribution event, can someone else pick it up for me?
    Yes, as long as the individual picking up the barrel has the pickup voucher that was mailed to you. Also, the pickup voucher must be signed by you (the purchaser).
  • If I’m unable to pick up my barrel on my selected distribution day, may I pick it up on another day with the pickup voucher?
    No, your barrel will only be available on the date you selected.
  • Will SAWS deliver the rain barrel to me?
    No, you must pick up your rain barrel.
  • I have a small car. Will the rain barrel fit?
    The Rain Water Solutions rain barrel will easily fit into the back seat of a mid-size car. Please remove all items from the back seat prior to arrival at the pickup event (including car seats, boxes, bags, etc.).
  • Is it hard to install?
    Please watch the Rain Water Solutions installation video before you apply and purchase. This will help you decides if this is difficult for you.
  • Can I run an in-ground sprinkler system or a hose-end sprinkler from my barrel?
    No, rain barrels don’t contain enough water nor do they provide the necessary pressure.
  • If I get two barrels, can I connect them?
    Yes, Rain Water Solutions barrels are designed to connect together with the included hose and connecting equipment.
    rain barrel daisy chained
  • Will the rain barrels attract mosquitos?
    Every precaution should be made to prevent mosquito infestations. The screen is designed to stop most adult mosquito infestations, but eggs could travel in stagnant gutter water or through damaged screens.

    There are three options to help prevent mosquito larvae from developing in the barrel: Add 1 cup of bleach per 12 gallons of water; 2 cups of apple cider vinegar per one gallon of water; or one or two “donuts” of Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti).

For more information on this program, contact SAWS Conservation at 210-704-SAVE (7283).