SAWS News: Epic Drought Continues…
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 685.4'
11/15/18 - 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 685.4 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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Epic Drought Continues…

Once-a-week watering rules still in place


Don’t let the much-needed rain and mild weather fool you. The rain has helped our lawns green up already, but we’re not out of the woods.

“San Antonio has thrived despite 2015 starting as the fifth consecutive year of drought conditions,” said Karen Guz, director of Conservation. “Nothing about San Antonio’s appearance, growth or economy would give a ‘drought stricken’ impression.”

We’ve all been diligently following drought restrictions, working together to reduce outdoor irrigation at our homes and businesses. Residential customers have reduced their consumption by 20 percent since the drought started and 20 percent of annual water savings comes from conservation innovations by San Antonio businesses.

Still, Edwards Aquifer levels remain below their historic average, and Stage 2 drought restrictions remain in place. Under Stage 2, landscape watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is allowed only once a week — Monday through Friday — on your designated watering day, as determined by your address. Watering on Saturdays and Sundays is prohibited by city ordinance. Watering hours for residents and businesses are 7 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 11 p.m.

Hand watering is allowed any day and any time in all drought stages. For more information on drought restrictions, visit

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