June 16, 2024

man with water hose watering the grass

Stage 2 water restrictions goes into effect Wednesday, April 13

The San Antonio Water System has just announced that their customers are under Stage 2 water restrictions. SAWS had issued Stage 1 restrictions a month prior.

Due to the hot and dry La Niña conditions and very little but much needed rainfall that the Edwards Aquifer needs is why we’re in the second stage of drought conditions implemented by the utility company.

The J-17 monitoring site at Edwards Aquifer had reported that the well dropped below 650 feet.

So what does Stage 2 water restrictions mean?

Stage 2: Aquifer reaches 650 feet mean sea level

  • ll restrictions from Stage 1 remain in effect unless added to or replaced by Stage 2 rules.
  • Landscape watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day, as determined by your address.
  • Watering with drip irrigation or 5-gallon bucket is permitted any day, but only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m.
  • All residential fountains and indoor commercial fountains can operate at any stage of drought.
  • Outdoor commercial fountains must have a SAWS variance in order to operate during drought stages 1 through 4.
  • Watering with a hand-held hose is allowed any time on any day.
  • All non-public swimming pools must have a minimum of 25 percent of the surface area covered with evaporation screens when not in use. Inflatable pool toys or floating decorations may be used for this purpose.
  • Washing impervious cover such as parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is prohibited. Health and safety exceptions to this rule may be requested from SAWS here.
  • Residential car washing allowed during drought once per week on Saturday or Sunday as long as there is no water waste.
  • The use of SAWS-certified commercial car wash facilities is allowed any day.
  • Operators of golf courses, athletic fields, and parks must submit a conservation plan to SAWS. For requirements, contact SAWS at 210-704-SAVE. Golf courses, athletic fields, and parks may not irrigate between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Hotels, motels, and other lodgings must offer and clearly notify guests of a “linen/towel change on request only” program.
  • Addresses ending in 0 or 1 can water on Mondays
  • Addresses ending in 2 or 3 can water on Tuesdays
  • Addresses ending in 4 or 5 can water on Wednesdays
  • Addresses ending in 6 or 7 can water on Thursdays
  • Addresses ending in 8 or 9 can water on Fridays