Aquifer Beaker

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 664.4'
6/22/17 - 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 664.4 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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Drought Restrictions

New Landscape Variance Request

Before applying, please read carefully:

  • This variance is available only in Stage 1. When the City of San Antonio reaches Stage 2, there are different expectations for obtaining variances. Variances for additional watering with sprinkler systems are not granted except for new construction locations during Stage 2 drought conditions.
  • SAWS may inspect the landscape to ensure that the landscape is in compliance with variance rules and water conservation rules and that information provided was accurate.
  • A site will lose the variance if an application has been found to be inaccurate. An example of inaccurate information would be overstatement of the amount of landscape installed or asking for a variance for a landscape that should already be established.

What landscapes may be considered for a variance?

  • Projects that include over 50 percent of the landscape on the existing property
  • New construction sites

What new landscape installations will not qualify for a variance:

  • Small landscape installations within an existing landscape do not require a variance. These can be established with drip irrigation, soaker hoses or hand watering.
  • Examples of new landscape installations that do not require variances include: individual beds of shrubs, annuals, or individual trees added to a landscape.

* indicates required fields.

Landscape Watering Variance Request
* First Name:
* Last Name:
* Email:
Company Name (if applicable):
* Landscape Location Address:
* City:
* ZIP:
Phone:
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SAWS account number:
Exactly as it appears on your bill without spaces or dashes.
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Irrigation system is installed on this property.
Irrigation permit number:
* Date Landscape Installed:
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* Please describe the location of new landscape on property:
Before submitting, I agree to following. Please read carefully:
I certify that this property complies with all drought restrictions as set forth by the drought ordinance.

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