SAWS: Stage 2 watering rules continue despite cooler temperatures

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Fall temperatures are starting to show up in San Antonio, but watering rules remain in place as rain remains scarce.

The San Antonio Water System is reminding you that Stage 2 watering rules continue as hot summer temperatures and low rain levels have left the Edwards Aquifer in Stage IV permit restrictions.

“Our community is experienced in managing the effects of drought because of strategies that we’ve initiated over the past 15 years,” said Robert R. Puente, SAWS President and CEO. “We’ve created a culture of water stewardship and conservation that is making the community water secure, while demonstrating what could be a model for other cities. We can manage this again together if everyone complies to the watering rules.”

SAWS has written 3,460 citations for people caught watering on the wrong days.

Watering days are determined by the last digit of your address:

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

Stage 2 watering rules have been in effect since April, and despite differing stages from the Edwards Aquifer, there are no foreseeable outdoor watering changes for SAWS customers.

Watering days stay the same in Stage 2 as in Stage 1, but the hours during which watering is allowed are shortened. Watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated day. You can water with a hand-held hose any time on any day.

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