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Water restrictions return to SA

Stage 1 water rules reinstated for Alamo City

SAN ANTONIO – Stage 1 water restrictions will be enacted for the Alamo City starting Friday, San Antonio Water System officials announced Thursday.

According to a statement issued by SAWS, heavy rains earlier in the year provided significant recharge for the Edwards Aquifer, but levels couldn't be maintained during the summer and the 10-day average has dropped to 659.5.

Under Stage 1, outdoor watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is allowed only before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m., one day per week, as determined by the last number of your street address:

  • 0 or 1 – Monday
  • 2 or 3 – Tuesday
  • 4 or 5 – Wednesday
  • 6 or 7 – Thursday
  • 8 or 9 – Friday

Watering days begin and end at midnight; overnight watering is not allowed. Water waste, such as water running down the street, is prohibited year-round. However, watering with a handheld hose is still allowed any day, any time.

Should permanent water restrictions be instituted?

Meanwhile, SAWS is asking for feedback on water restrictions, including whether or not permanent once-a-week watering should be instituted.

So far, SAWS reports that around two-thirds of those who have taken the survey are in support of possible permanent restrictions. Other comments have also asked that low-water users be allowed to change their day of the week. SAWS said they are considering the suggestion.

Click here to take the survey. It can only be taken once.