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Stage 2 water restrictions looming for San Antonio

Water sprinkler (Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Anton Croos / CC BY-SA 3.0 / MGN Online)

SAN ANTONIO---It seems like just a few weeks ago we jumped into Stage 1 water restrictions and started having to water on our designated days. Well it seems that way because that's what happened. it's really not that unusual to fall into the water restrictions over a typically hot South Texas summer but what is unusual is to have it happen in May. Our normal Edwards Aquifer level this time of year is in the 670+ feet range.

So for me the big question is just how low will the aquifer go this summer? With no substantial rain in sight at least for the next ten days it's looking like a steady down hill slide.

But in case you're not familiar with the difference between Stage 1 and Stage 2 , according to SAWS here are the restrictions.

Stage 2

Stage 2 restrictions begin when the 10-day rolling average of the Edwards Aquifer level reaches 650 feet mean sea level at the monitored well. Coming out of drought stages can be considered 15 days after the aquifer is above the trigger.

All restrictions from Stage 1 remain in effect, unless added to or replaced by Stage 2 rules.

Landscape watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day, as determined by your address.

Watering with drip irrigation or 5-gallon bucket is permitted any day, but only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m.

All residential fountains and indoor commercial fountains can operate at any stage of drought. Outdoor commercial fountains must have a SAWS variance in order to operate during drought stages 1 through 4.

Watering with a hand-held hose is allowed any time on any day.

All non-public swimming pools must have a minimum of 25 percent of the surface area covered with evaporation screens when not in use. Inflatable pool toys or floating decorations may be used for this purpose.

Washing impervious cover such as parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is prohibited. Health and safety exceptions to this rule may be requested from SAWS here.

Residential car washing allowed during drought once per week on Saturday or Sunday as long as there is no water waste.

The use of SAWS-certified commercial car wash facilities is allowed any day.

Operators of golf courses, athletic fields and parks must submit a conservation plan to SAWS. For requirements, contact SAWS at 210-704-SAVE. Golf courses, athletic fields and parks may not irrigate between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Hotels, motels and other lodging must offer and clearly notify guests of a "linen/towel change on request only" program.

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