SAWS Conservation: Drought Restrictions - Variance Requests
Aquifer Beaker

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 643.9'
8/21/18 - 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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Stage 2:
Water On Your Day

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day as determined by your address.

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Aquifer Level 643.9 | Stage 2: Water On Your Day

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Drought Restrictions

Variance Requests

When drought restrictions are in effect, there may be occasional situations where watering rules cannot be reasonably followed. In these circumstances a variance to the city ordinance may be requested. Variance requests are carefully reviewed and not all requests are granted.


Water Fountains

The 2013 Drought Ordinance allows for a variance process for different categories of water features to be operated with conservation in mind.

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Newly Planted Landscapes

Those who install new landscapes during drought periods may apply for a variance to request additional watering days. This includes new property construction. Beautification landscape projects that include aesthetic changes to existing landscapes do not qualify for a variance.

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Athletic Fields

Caretakers of athletic fields who need to maintain a safe playing surface should request a variance to the ordinance. Specific additional watering days may be granted to keep playing surfaces safe.

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Large Properties

Through a professional irrigation system audit, owners of large properties may demonstrate they cannot run all of their irrigation stations simultaneously on their specified watering day.

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Power Washing

Washing impervious cover such as parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is prohibited during drought restrictions. Health and safety exceptions to this rule may be requested from SAWS.

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