SAWS: Request New Landscape Variance
Aquifer Beaker

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 681.5'
6/13/19 - 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 681.5 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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Drought Restrictions

New Landscape Variance Request

Year-Round Watering Hours are in effect and variances are not required. Please follow year-round watering rules to irrigate new landscapes.

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.