Starting Tuesday, you can go back to watering your lawns as usual as SAWS has lifted drought restrictions in the city.
“The combo of cool weather and some rains we've gotten have finally turned around to fall and let our aquifer recover,” said Karen Guz, the conservation director for SAWS. “So we are officially out of drought restrictions [Tuesday], and that gives people some flexibility about when they want to water their landscape.”
The city will now go back to normal, year-round rules, meaning watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is permitted any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
“Just remember, with the cooler weather and rains, it’s not going to be needed to do it very often at all,” Guz said.
Some other things to remember is that hand-watering with a hand-held hose, drip irrigation, soaker hose, or bucket is permitted any time of day.
Also, water waste is prohibited at all times. Allowing water to run off into a gutter, ditch, or drain or failing to repair a controllable leak is considered water waste.
Guz says that residents can save money on their future sewer charges by reducing their water use over the next few months.
“San Antonio Water System charges sewage and for the water you use,” she said. “The time period, so time between Thanksgiving and right after New Year’s, you don’t need to water very much because the water you consume will determine how much you pay in sewer for all of 2018.”