SAWS News: SAWS Tightening Enforcement of Watering Restrictions
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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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Aquifer Level 679.8 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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SAWS Tightening Enforcement of Watering Restrictions

Aquifer levels have continued to drop in the weeks since San Antonio declared Stage 1 water restrictions despite the tighter watering rules. Now that everyone has had time to adjust to the rules, SAWS is letting customers know that citations will be escalating.

SAWS Conservation Director Karen Guz pointed out that the watering restrictions are not suggestions – they are municipal laws that will be enforced.

“During drought, SAWS focuses on education. And, though the city had been out of drought restrictions for more than a year, citizens now have had the opportunity to acclimate to drought rules once again,” Guz said. “Contracted police officers are on patrol, and if they witness a location violating the drought rules, the responsible party can get a citation without a previous notice of violation.”

Under Stage 1, outdoor watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed only before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m., one day per 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

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.

If you observe water waste, the best way to report it is online at Customers can also call SAWS Conservation at 210-704-SAVE (210-704-7283). Please provide as much information as possible, including location, time of day, a brief description of the problem, and how long it has been going on.

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