SAWS News: It’s Time to Update San Antonio’s Water Management Plan
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 678.8'
7/17/19 - 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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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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It’s Time to Update San Antonio’s Water Management Plan


When it comes to acquiring new water sources, what matters most to you? What kinds of conservation programs are you most interested in? Your input is vital to San Antonio Water System’s Water Management Plan update and review process.

Bexar County is growing by tens of thousands of people every year and the demand for water is growing along with it. So every five years, SAWS reviews and updates the Water Management Plan to ensure San Antonio has water for the future — to meet the growing needs of our city.

SAWS uses four guiding principles to update the plan:

1. Conservation

We identify conservation strategies to reduce per-person consumption by 30 percent between now and 2070. We are also committed to using leading edge technology for monitoring and reporting water loss.

2. New water projects

This is critical to meeting future population growth and reducing San Antonio’s dependence on the Edwards Aquifer. We’ve made great strides by adding the new H2Oaks Center desalination plant in southeast Bexar County, and the Vista Ridge pipeline will continue the trend toward diversification.

3. Regional water projects

By developing water supplies that can benefit multiple communities, costs are reduced and areas without the means to develop their own projects can benefit.

4. Innovative technology

Our innovative recycled water system and aquifer storage and recovery process both help maximize current water supplies.

To learn more, visit To share your own ideas, send us an email at

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