SAWS News: Summer Water Bill Too High?
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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 683.8'
3/20/19 - 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 683.8 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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Summer Water Bill Too High?

Adjust Your Landscape Watering To Keep It Low

imageIs your water bill higher than usual? Lawn watering may be the culprit.

This year’s rainy spring produced remarkably green lawns. But trying to keep them that way — especially during extended stretches of hot, dry weather — has led to unusually high water use for some homeowners.

Higher summer water bills are practically an annual occurrence, but SAWS is seeing many bills with high water use this year. So it’s worth another reminder that SAWS charges more per gallon as water use increases.

SAWS uses an eight-tier pricing structure to encourage water conservation. Customers can save money quickly with small reductions in water use. But it also means those who use large amounts of water will see higher pergallon costs, causing bills to spike. Each tier a customer moves up sends a “price signal” to adjust water usage.

An in-ground irrigation system can make it especially easy to rack up an enormous bill, since it can use 3,000 gallons or more each time it runs. And a system that’s not properly programmed or maintained can use even more. As an alternative, you can save a lot of water by hand watering, which you can do any day, at any time — regardless of drought stage restrictions.

Remember to visit for weekly watering advice and landscaping tips to reduce outdoor water use while still keeping your yard thriving.


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