SAWS monitoring water usage in Stage 2 restrictions

SAN ANTONIO – Yards across the city could use a much-needed drink, but sometimes water can be hard to come by.

"We are in Stage 2, this is the second year unfortunately we have been in Stage 2," said San Antonio Water System spokesperson Anne Hayden.

Homeowners are only allowed to water their lawns on certain days.

"You should water on your watering day, which is based on the last number of your address and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the morning and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the evening," Hayden said.

Do otherwise and you could face a hefty citation.

Carlos Garcia was cited, but he said he was wrongfully accused.

"I had a citation for a water violation and a notation that I would be getting a summon from the court and I would appear in court or get a warrant," said Garcia.

Garcia's case was dismissed, but he still questions the city's rules on monitoring and citing citizens.

"My sprinklers did not go off. I don't know who they saw, for all we know they just write, anybody can write down random addresses," Garcia said.

KSAT-12 asked Hayden about the issue. She said SAWS employs peace officers and shes trusts that would never happen.

"We will only issue citations based on these peace officers (and what they) witness. So if you have a neighbor that for some reason is unhappy with you or somebody driving by that may not know all the rules, a citation isn't written on that," said Hayden.