Is drought the new normal?

Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility. What you do at your home or business to save water really does make a difference.

For those who don’t know, San Antonio is in a drought-prone region. It’s nothing new — we always have been and always will be.

Despite that, our community has thrived by working together on water — from diversifying our supplies to saving water year in and year out. But another key part of our water-saving success is having reasonable drought rules and following them diligently.

The rules are intended to help everyone retain the health of their landscapes while cutting back on discretionary water use. If you think what you do at your home or business to save water doesn’t matter that much, that’s not true. It makes a difference.

Discretionary water use adds up to millions of gallons each day from thousands of irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers. When that water use is not spread out per the watering rules, it strains the pipes that transport the water and can cause them to break.

That means more people out in the heat making repairs and more water wasted when we need it most.

Working together as a community is how we avoid deeper restrictions — Stage 2 watering rules remain in place despite record-low Edwards Aquifer levels — and maintain water needs for our diverse economy.

If the constant drought has you down on your landscape this summer and last, visit for free WaterSaver landscape designs, free consultation services and loads of incentives to help you get what you want long-term.

In the meantime, please “Wrangle your water use” and follow Stage 2 watering rules.

That means landscape watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or soaker hose only from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m., one day a week, based on the last number of your street address. You can always hand-water any ol’ time you want.

Wrangle Your Water Use and water once a week 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. during Stage 2 watering rules.

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Karen Guz
Karen grew up taking family vacations to national parks and scenic rivers. A one-time kayak river guide in her home state of Pennsylvania, she got herself to Texas as fast as she could. Now as the vice president of Conservation for SAWS, she is responsible for meeting San Antonio’s long-term water conservation goals by leading a high energy, creative team of conservation planners. She first worked for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service providing a variety of horticulture and 4-H educational programs to the community before joining SAWS in 2000. When she’s not helping San Antonio live up to its reputation as a national leader in water conservation, she enjoys the outdoors as an avid hiker…continuing the tradition of luring the rest of her family to national parks and ranger talks.
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