SAWS News: Drought Restrictions Kicked to Curb by Recent Rains
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Edwards Aquifer

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12/11/17 - 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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Drought Restrictions Kicked to Curb by Recent Rains

Per city ordinance, the San Antonio city manager, in consultation with SAWS, announced the end to water restrictions effective June 10.

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Recent deluges have sent the Edwards Aquifer level skyrocketing. Since the 10-day average of the aquifer has remained well above 660 feet, SAWS advised the city manager it would be appropriate to end drought restrictions.

San Antonio had been in some type of water restrictions since 2011, and had stayed in Stage Two restrictions since 2012.

"San Antonio and the region have experienced a tremendous level of rain resulting in some of the highest aquifer levels we have seen in recent years," said Robert R. Puente , SAWS president/CEO. "We are hoping that citizens will continue their water-saving ways and continue to be restrained about outdoor water use."

"While the once-a-week restrictions have been lifted, no one should need to do any outdoor watering for the near future."

Complete rules can be found at saws.org/drought.

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