Stone Oak moves to conserve water

Sensors added to detect leaks in common areas

STONE OAK, Texas - With an estimated 30,000 people living and working in Stone Oak, it remains one of San Antonio’s largest neighborhoods.

"One of the reasons people buy homes here is because of the aesthetic appeal,” said Stone Oak Project Manager David Kincaid.

While the neighborhood’s common areas are visually pleasing, maintaining so much greenery and foliage during a year with persistent water restrictions is no easy task.

"We would have guys out here hand watering with hoses for hours, hours and hours,” said Kincaid.

Stone Oak quickly took steps to conserve, while still maintaining curb appeal.

Now, the neighborhood has gone a step further by installing flow sensors on water meters that can be activated remotely.

During the hot summer months, Stone Oak experienced leaks in pipes that resulted in thousands in additions to its water bill. The leaks were not detected until weeks and even months later.

"We had to look for alternatives and we were lucky enough that SAWS was willing to work with us,” said Kincaid.

The new flow sensors will now detect a leak immediately and water can be shutoff remotely using a smartphone.

"We’re doing everything we can to decrease the amount of water that’s needed to maintain what people love about Stone Oak, which are the medians and the trees,” added Kincaid.

Stone Oak has now added trees for additional shade. Medians also have set days for watering and a weather station will also be added to determine if watering is even necessary.

Meanwhile, the iconic Stone Oak fountain now runs on reclaimed water. All are moves that Kincaid says will save the neighborhood thousands.


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