SAWS News: Once-a-Week Watering is Back
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 663.7'
10/18/17 - 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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Once-a-Week Watering is Back

It was inevitable. The heat set in and the Edwards Aquifer level steadily dropped below 660 feet, triggering Stage One drought restrictions effective July 14.

"The aquifer drops every summer," said Karen Guz, Conservation director. "In fact, last summer (the aquifer) was unusually high — we just had an unusual amount of rain and it stayed high. But it's part of our natural cycle that it gets hot and dry and the aquifer drops."

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It's been a while since we've been in Stage One drought restrictions, so here's a little refresher.

Under Stage One, outdoor watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed only before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m., one day a week, as determined by the last number of your street address:

0 or 1 – Monday
2 or 3 – Tuesday
4 or 5 – Wednesday
6 or 7 – Thursday
8 or 9 – Friday

There is no watering on weekends.

Watering days begin and end at midnight; overnight watering is not allowed. Water waste, such as water running down the street, is prohibited year-round. However, watering with a handheld hose is still allowed any day, any time.

Guz recommends homeowners with sprinkler systems delete their current program information to ensure they don't accidentally overwater.

"The rules aren't just a suggestion — they're actually city laws," she added. "If a police officer sees you violating the drought rules, you can get a citation, just like if you speed."

Click here for more information on drought restrictions and water conservation tips.

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