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What SAWS Stage 2 Water Restrictions Mean to You

By June 15, 2009

There are year-round, Stage 1 and Stage 2 water restrictions as prescribed by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS). So what does Stage 2 mean?

This means that the Stage 1 restrictions are still in place. You must follow these in addition to the following Stage 2 practices:

Landscape watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is allowed only once a week from 3-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m. on your designated watering day, as determined by your address. Here is how the address schedule breaks down:

Last Digit
of Street
Address Watering Day
0 or 1 ..... Monday
2 or 3 ..... Tuesday
4 or 5 ..... Wednesday
6 or 7 ..... Thursday
8 or 9 ..... Friday

No watering on weekends with a sprinkler, soaker hose or irrigation system. Areas without a street address, such as medians and neighborhood entryways, water on Wednesday.

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 in writing.

Residential washing of vehicles or other equipment is allowed only on assigned watering days and times. A hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle or bucket of five gallons or less may be used. Water should not be allowed to run into the street.

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

Water waste is prohibited at all times. This includes lawn watering overspray and runoff.

This blog covers the residential side of Stage 2 water restrictions. See the included link to find out what it means to business owners.

June 17, 2009 at 10:38 am
(1) jean marie says:

How will this play out with residents like the repercussions? I was reading an article that stated restrictions like no car wash after a time, no bird baths, no lawn watering and I bumped into a solution for car wash. Has anyone ever head of a waterless car wash?

July 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm
(2) Mike says:

How much sense does it make to be able to water my lawn at any time with a hand held hose but I cannot use a hand held hose to rinse off my vehicle other than on my day to water. I park my vehicle on the lawn during washes. So I can stand there for hours watering my lawn but if my vehicle gets in the way of the spray for a few minutes I’m in violation. Where’s the logic?

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