SAWS to propose drought ordinance changes

San Antonio Water System looking at new supply from Edwards Aquifer, south Bexar County

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Water System is looking to make some changes to its current water management plan ahead of schedule.

SAWS officials say they have identified new supplies that will help with the overall water supply well in the future.

"We're looking at additional pumping from the Edward's Aquifer. We have a brackish groundwater desalination plant. we think we can get additional fresh Carrizo water from southern Bexar County," said Chuck Ahrens, SAWS Vice President of Water Restrictions and Conservation.

Changes are usually made every five years, but the dissolution of BexarMet and population growth has forced SAWS to act quicker.

"We have to pay for it one way or the other, but I think SAWS, what I've seen are very proactive, they're looking ahead," said Christel Villarreal, Citizens Conservation Committee.

Officials say the proposed plan will help them relieve some of the current drought restrictions as well.

An example includes simplifying watering hours from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m throughout the entire year, and adjusting what level would trigger restrictions. 

Some of the proposed changes may not take effect until next year. SAWS officials have to present the plan to the board of trustees next month and the city of San Antonio in December.

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