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EAA Declares Stage3



by Elizabeth Ruiz

The Edwards Aquifer Authority has declared  Stage 3 pumping restrictions for users within the San Antonio Pool.  

Terry Herbold with the EAA told 550 KTSA News Stage 3 officially went into effect Wednesday when it was confirmed that the 10-day average dropped below 640 feet above sea level.  

"It means groundwater permit holders in the San Antonio Pool will have to reduce pumping by 35 percent," said Herbold. 

That includes all of Bexar and Medina, and parts of Atascosa, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties. 

The purpose of mandatory pumping reductions is to stablize aquifer levels and spring flow until rainfall replenishes the aquifer. 

"A bunch of factors all work together like a set of gears. If the springs are flowing, the endangered species  have a better chance of thriving," said Herbold. 

While the San Antonio Water System will have to reduce pumping by 35 percent under the EAA's Stage 3, SAWS customers won't be affected.

"We've reviewed our water resources and the demand , and at this point, we're going to be able to stay in Stage 2," said Anne Hayden with SAWS.

"We're in a pretty good place in San Antonio, so we will not have to ask our customers to go to Stage 3 with watering allowed only once every other week," Hayden told 550 KTSA News.

Under Stage 2, SAWS customers are allowed to use lawn sprinklers once a week, as determined by the last number of their street Address:

0 or 1-Monday

2 or 3-Tuesday

4 or 5-Wednesday

6 or 7-Thursday

8 or 9-Friday






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