San Antonio Water System crews have been hard at work all summer, diligently making repairs throughout the city, but the prolonged drought and record-setting temperatures have led to the highest number of main breaks and leaks within a single month, currently 1,000 – with more expected tomorrow, August 31. While SAWS water supplies (which include… Continue Reading Water main breaks, leaks surpass 1,000 for August
NOTE: The full presentation on proposed rules changes and video of the meeting are available here. At the August Board of Trustees meeting, San Antonio Water System (SAWS) staff presented new ideas about watering rules in advance of public outreach to garner input. SAWS Vice President of Conservation Karen Guz presented a summary of what… Continue Reading SAWS Launches New Public Discussion on Drought Management Watering Rules
For those who didn’t know, San Antonio is in a drought-prone region. It’s nothing new — we always have been and always will be. Despite that, our community has thrived by working together on water — from diversifying our supplies to saving water year in and year out. But another key part of our water-saving… Continue Reading Is drought the new normal?
San Antonio Water System (SAWS) customers have been in Stage 2 watering rules for well over a year, and despite more severe pumping reductions from the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA), SAWS will continue Stage 2 watering rules for the foreseeable future. Portions of the water system show tank levels dropping overnight beyond normal demand levels.… Continue Reading SAWS Customers Staying in Stage 2 Despite Edwards Aquifer Drop
Whether you’re native to the Lone Star State or a transplant, you already know Texas is like a whole other country. But San Antonio’s climate is extra special, and your landscape often needs some TLC — or Texas-loving-care. While spring rains have greened things up, the drought isn’t over and our hot, dry summer months… Continue Reading Summer’s here, y’all — time to ‘Wrangle your water use’
Late January showers were a welcome relief, but they didn’t put an end to the ongoing drought. We started 2023 with very dry soil and a hefty rainfall deficit. This means Stage 2 watering rules — and enforcement of them — are still in effect. As a reminder, under Stage 2, landscape watering with a… Continue Reading The drought continues and so do Stage 2 watering rules
By Robert R. Puente, SAWS President and CEO Summer blasted in much earlier than normal this year, as San Antonio recorded the hottest May, June and July on record. Making matters worse, the weather pattern La Niña has limited rainfall since fall 2020, bringing significant drought to the western United States. As of July 7,… Continue Reading As Drought Deepens, San Antonio is Water Secure
Texas native plants are way tougher than they look. They can withstand brutally hot and dry conditions with very little help. That means even though you can water once a week, you don’t have to — even if your landscape is brown. St. Augustine, Bermuda and zoysia grass have been rigorously tested and found to… Continue Reading Don’t Worry About Your Plants — They Will Survive
The dry La Niña weather pattern that’s been in place since 2020 shows no signs of letting up. The result: deep drought across the western U.S. But even in drought, San Antonio is not in water crisis. Why? San Antonio leaders — in partnership with SAWS — have created a culture of stewardship and conservation… Continue Reading U.S. Drought Doesn’t Mean Water Shortage for S.A. — But Why?
Per city ordinance, San Antonio City Manager Erik Walsh, in consultation with SAWS President/CEO Robert R. Puente, declared an end to Stage 1 watering rules effective Tuesday, November 2. Year-round watering rules will then be in effect. Recent rains and cooler temperatures have helped send the 10-day average for the Edwards Aquifer above the necessary… Continue Reading San Antonio Ends Watering Rules