SAWS News: High Water Use = High Water Bills
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 684.4'
5/16/19 - 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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Aquifer Level 684.4 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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High Water Use = High Water Bills

Has your water bill been higher than usual? Here’s what may be happening…

After the last couple of rainier-thanusual summers, this year’s hot, dry weather — and its effect on landscapes — took many of us by surprise. So if you’ve been running your in-ground sprinkler system a little longer to green-up your lawn, you’re likely seeing a much higher water bill.

Irrigation systems can easily use 3,000 gallons each time they run. And systems not properly programmed or maintained can use much, much more.

“Unfortunately, we’re receiving feedback from many customers with sticker shock,” said Agnes Barard, SAWS vice president of Customer Service. “It’s important to remember that SAWS rates are structured to encourage conservation. The more gallons of water you use, the more expensive the water per gallon.”

The first or lowest rate 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. As water use moves up from one tier to the next, the price per gallon increases, sending a “price signal” to adjust water use.

imageTo make sure your bill is accurate, SAWS strives to read every meter, every month. You can check the “Your meter reading” box on the back of your bill to confirm your water use each month.

Based on years of research, SAWS recommends watering your lawn only in the absence of recent rainfall, regardless of drought stage. This helps prevent turf diseases caused by too much moisture — and helps keep your bill under control.

Watering by hand saves the most water (and money) and you can do that any day, at any time, even during drought stage restrictions. Also, has great ideas for alternative landscaping that lets you skip the extra watering. (Tip: great money-saving coupons are currently available!)

Of course, if you have questions about your account, SAWS is here to help! Reach us by phone at 210-704-7297, online at or via @mysaws on Facebook and Twitter.

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