EAA: Stage 4 possible by Tuesday

SAWS to stay at Stage 2

By Justin Horne - Weather Authority Meteorologist/Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - According to the Edwards Aquifer Authority, Stage 4 restriction may be in place by Tuesday, should weather conditions stay dry. The 10-day average, which dictates the stage, is expected to fall below 630 feet by Tuesday. 

Stage 4 restrictions would mean big cutbacks for those who have permits to pump from the Edwards Aquifer.

"If we declare Stage 4, which is unprecedented, that would mean all pumpers; anyone with a permit, would have to cut back their pumping 40 percent," said Terri Herbold, spokesperson for the Edwards Aquifer Authority. 

San Antonio Water System currently ranks as the largest permit holder for the Edwards Aquifer Authority, which means the utility will also have restricted use of the aquifer. However, Stage 3 restrictions for residents seems unlikely according to SAWS.

"We are very confident still that we can make it through the rest of this year only having to impose Stage 2 restrictions on our SAWS customers," said Greg Flores, spokesperson for SAWS.

SAWS cited the fact that 20 to 30 percent of its water supply is from non-Edwards Aquifer sources. In addition, the utility has plenty of water in storage for supplementation. Flores also praised SAWS customers for closely abiding by Stage 2 restrictions, a help in staving off Stage 3 restrictions.

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