Alamo Heights, New Braunfels start Stage 3 water restrictions

Watering allowed every other week

Author: Jenna Hiller, Reporter, jhiller@ksat.com
Published On: Aug 22 2012 04:01:25 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 22 2012 04:32:57 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

People who live in Alamo Heights and New Braunfels will only be allowed to water every other week -- that's because both cities have implemented Stage 3 water restrictions.

The first off-week will start Aug. 27 for New Braunfels residents. The next week will be the first week off for Alamo Heights.

"I don't like that idea," Alamo Heights resident Macy Richardson said. "That's disappointing, especially moving to a new home and thinking that we might lose our grass and all of the plants."

Under Stage 3, hours for sprinklers are still between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Watering days don't change, but go to every other week.

Drip irrigation, soaker hoses and buckets are allowed any day between the same watering hours, and hand-watering is still allowed on any day at any time.

Several homeowners said they've been keeping their lawn alive all summer by hand-watering, and they understand that the restrictions are needed.

"Potentially, you're looking at a considerable amount of water not being used," Patrick Sullivan, director of public works for Alamo Heights, said.

He said it won't be clear just how much water the city will save until the drought ends.

The San Antonio Water System is not going into Stage 3 water restrictions, because the Edwards Aquifer is not its only water source.

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