What is Water Waste?
The San Antonio Conservation Ordinance lists a number of activities that are considered water waste at all times, regardless of time of year or current drought restrictions. Water waste includes:
Overspray onto streets or sidewalks is against water waste rules.
- Allowing water from any source to run off into a gutter, ditch, or storm drain
- Failure to repair a controllable leak
- Runoff or overspray from a sprinkler or irrigation system regardless of the time of day
- Landscape watering during or shortly after a rain (Note: All automatic irrigation systems in San Antonio – both residential and commercial – are required to have working rain sensors to prevent this problem.)
- Charity car washes held at any location other than a permanent car wash facility
- Additional requirements of any drought restriction stage currently in effect
What Is Allowed?
The following activities are allowed unless restricted by any drought restriction stage currently in effect:
- Watering with a hand-held hose, soaker hose, drip irrigation, small bucket or watering can.
- Pressure washing of parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is permitted as long as street runoff is not allowed. (Note: Commercial pressure washers working in San Antonio are required by ordinance to register with SAWS.)
- Washing of vehicles or other mobile equipment at a home or business. Use of an automatic shut-off nozzle or bucket is recommended to prevent wasteful street runoff.
- Use of commercial vehicle wash facilities is permitted at any time.
For a complete list of water waste restrictions please visit our 2013 Conservation Ordinance page.