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Current SAWS Water Restriction Status: Year-Round Conservation Period

The San Antonio Water System uses a system of stage restrictions to conserve water based on the current aquifer level.

SAN ANTONIO — WHEN TO WATER DURING A YEAR-ROUND CONSERVATION PERIOD:

When the Edwards Aquifer test well has risen above the 660-foot drought water restrictions trigger level on a 15-day average, drought restrictions are eligible to be lifted. However, during these times, year-round conservation water use rules will remain in effect.

Credit: KENS 5

Residents can water with an irrigation system or hose-end sprinkler on any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m. SAWS will continue to monitor the Edwards Aquifer level to make sure it remains at a consistent level above 660 feet.

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Regulations in effect under the City's conservation ordinance are listed below:

  • Landscape watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is permitted any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • Hand watering with a hand-held hose, drip irrigation, soaker hose or bucket is permitted any time of day.
  • Under Year-Round guidelines, all fountains – whether commercial or residential, indoor or outdoor – are allowed.
  • Washing impervious cover such as parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is permitted without runoff to avoid water waste.
  • 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.
  • Residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural Edwards Aquifer water users should use common sense and best practices to avoid water waste.
  • The use of commercial vehicle wash facilities is permitted any day.

SOURCE: San Antonio Water System