SAN ANTONIO--- “The EAA puts the restrictions on its permit holders, SAWS being our largest permit holder for municipal water has to reduce how much water they pump from the aquifer. Now whether they pass those restrictions on to their rate payers that's up to them,” Explains Jim Wimberly, Director of Modeling and Data Management for EAA
In a e-mail from saws they explain that there is a city ordinance that says that for the city to come out of drought restrictions, "the 10-day average for the J-17 well should be above the trigger level, And for some it's about time...
"I’d say we need to get out of Stage 2 because of all this water. I'm pretty sure has plenty water, I’m pretty sure it's overfilled. So that's my thoughts on that," says homeowner Ariel Valverde.
While for others, maybe we shouldn't move so fast.
"It would be good to save it you know, I mean you never can tell. We come into one of those droughts that we've had for a long time, " says Arturo Canales.
And as far as questions as to whether we pay more for water during the water restrictions and that's why SAWS is slow to come out of the stages SAWS says “water rates remain constant year-round".