SAWS News: San Antonio Ends Drought Restrictions
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San Antonio Ends Drought Restrictions

Per city ordinance, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley, in consultation with SAWS President/CEO Robert R. Puente, declared the end to Stage 1 drought restrictions effective today, Oct. 17, 2017.

Rains and cool weather have sent 10-day average for the Edwards Aquifer above the trigger of 660 feet msl for 15 days, and levels seem to be stabilized. As a result, SAWS has advised the City Manager that it would be appropriate to end the drought restrictions that have been in place since summer.

Investing SAWS ratepayer dollars in diversification of water sources, such as the Aquifer Storage and Recovery and desalination plant, has enabled San Antonio customers to avoid more severe drought restrictions seen elsewhere in the region in recent years.

While the city is returning to year-round watering rules, residents can save money on their future sewer charges by reducing their water use over the next few months. Winter averaging calculates the average of water used in three billing cycles between November and March to set customers’ sewer charges for the rest of the year. More information on winter averaging, including billing cycles, is available here:

Additional information regarding year-round water use is available at


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