SAWS: Outdoor Faucet
Aquifer Beaker

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 681.5'
6/13/19 - 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 681.5 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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Outdoor Faucet

Fixing the Leak

Steps to fix your faucet leak

Step 1
Turn off water using the
shut-off valve located at
your meter box.

Step 2
Using a wrench, remove the valve body at the large nut. Caution: These instructions are not to REPLACE the entire faucet-only to repair the valve.

Step 3
If necessary, use a screwdriver to remove the nut that holds the knob together and remove the knob. (This step depends on the type of outdoor faucet used.)

Step 4
Loosen joints on knob using penetrating oil (if needed).

Step 5
Use an adjustable wrench to unscrew nut and remove the faucet assembly from wall.

Step 6
Remove the assembly and inspect it for corrosion.

Step 7
If faucet assembly is stuck, soak the joints with penetrating oil for several hours. Once oil has loosened the faucet, hold stem with pliers and tap them with a hammer to pop the assembly off.

Step 8
Remove the screw holding the assembly together.

Step 9
Use the awl to remove the old washer. Replace the washer; cover with plumber's grease and install the washer.

Step 10
Replace the assembly on the wall. Turn the water back on at the meter and check for leaks.

Warning: Fixing a leaking outdoor faucet is not a difficult process. However, if you do not feel comfortable
performing the following steps, we recommend you hire a licensed professional plumber to do the work for you.

Tools needed:

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Replacement washer
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Penetrating Oil
  • Towel
  • Awl
  • Pliers
  • Plumber's grease