SAWS News: Take Control of Your Summer Bills
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 679.8'
7/15/19 - 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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Take Control of Your Summer Bills

Notice your water bill is higher than usual? This may be why.

This year’s rainy spring resulted in green lawns, but recent dry weather means customers may be using more water to try to keep it green.

Higher summer water bills are practically an annual occurrence, but SAWS is seeing many bills with high water use. So it’s worth another reminder that SAWS charges more per gallon as water use increases.

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In 2016, SAWS started using an eight-tier pricing structure to encourage water conservation.

Using eight tiers (versus the previous four-tier pricing) allows customers to save money more quickly with small reductions to water usage. But it also means that those who use large amounts of water will see higher per-gallon costs, causing bills to temporarily spike — especially compared to bills from earlier in the year, when rain was plentiful.

The first or lowest tier is designed to provide life-sustaining amounts of water at a very affordable rate for customers who use less than 2,992 gallons a month. Each tier a customer moves up sends a “price signal” to them to adjust water usage.

A major culprit is the inground irrigation system, which can use more than 2,000 gallons each time it runs. And systems not properly programmed or maintained can use a lot more. As an alternative, you can save a lot of water by hand watering, which you can do any day, at any time.

Visit GardenStyleSA.com for weekly watering advice and landscaping tips.

Still have questions about your bill?

Email our Key Accounts team. Be sure to include the name on the account and your service address.

keyaccounts@saws.org

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