SA still in Stage 2 despite aquifer drop

Published On: Aug 09 2012 11:38:15 AM CDT

San Antonio Water System officials have decided to keep San Antonio in Stage 2 water restrictions despite the Edwards Aquifer dropping below 640 feet.

SAWS officials, citing the "development of diverse water supplies," have determined to delay instituting Stage 3 restrictions.

According to SAWS, the water utility has increased production from their Aquifer Storage Recovery facility of both stored water and Carrizo Aquifer water to 20 million gallons per day, enough to supply almost 10 percent of San Antonio’s current daily demand.

SAWS has not completely ruled out Stage 3 for the year, however. Declaring additional drought restriction stages may still be an option if conditions do not improve.

San Antonio will continue to manage customer demand through Stage 2 restrictions. Under Stage 2, watering with a sprinkler, soaker hose or irrigation system is allowed only during the hours of 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on your designated day, as determined by the last number of your street address:

Watering days begin and end at midnight; overnight watering is not allowed. Watering with a handheld hose is still allowed at any time, but water with a bucket, soaker hose, or drip irrigation is only allowed during the hours of 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. More details on Stage 2 and Stage 3 restrictions are available at