Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility, especially during extreme drought. In addition to alternate water supplies, the city’s conservation ordinance helps prevent more severe cutbacks. And most customers get it. They diligently follow the rules and keep their water use low. But there are those who repeatedly ignore the rules and continue to water more than… Continue Reading Updating the watering rules: SAWS wants your input
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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
Extreme heat and dry conditions are expected to dominate the summer — and so are Stage 2 watering rules. Under Stage 2, landscape watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed only from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m., one day a week, based on the last number of your street address. You… Continue Reading We’re Still Under Stage 2 Watering Rules
San Antonio hasn’t seen much rain so far this year — and the continued dry, parched conditions are the reason landscape watering rules will be sticking around for a while. Stage 2 rules were declared in 2022. Watering days stay the same in Stage 2 as in Stage 1, but the hours during which watering… Continue Reading San Antonio Is In Stage 2 — Do You Know When To Water?
Edwards Aquifer level hits 10-day trigger So far, San Antonio hasn’t seen much rain this year, and aquifer levels are reflecting that. City ordinance requires San Antonio to enter Stage 1 watering rules when the 10-day rolling average of the Edwards Aquifer level drops to 660 feet mean sea level at the monitored well. The… Continue Reading San Antonio Enters Stage 1 Watering Rules
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
In typical Texas-weather fashion, the rains came and stayed awhile — quenching (and drenching) San Antonio’s parched landscapes and bringing an end to Stage 2 and Stage 1 watering rules for now. San Antonio’s investment in diverse water sources beyond the Edwards Aquifer, such as Vista Ridge, desalination and Aquifer Storage and Recovery, has brought… Continue Reading Spring Showers Wash Away Drought Stage Watering Rules