Let’s Review Stage 2 Watering Rules

Anyone caught watering outside the allowed times is at risk of receiving a noncompliance charge for the violation.

As we near the third month of Stage 2 watering rules and continue the descent into the depths of our South Texas summer, it’s a good idea to refresh our memories on what stage 2 entails.

Watering with a sprinkler, in-ground irrigation system, and soaker hose is allowed one day a week from 5-10 a.m. and 9-12 p.m. Your watering day is determined by the last digit of your street address.

0-1  Monday

2-3  Tuesday

4-5  Wednesday

6-7  Thursday

8-9  Friday

If the site does not have a visible street address or is part of a contiguous, readily identifiable set of structures, then the watering day is Wednesday.

You can water any day and time with a hand-held hose. Drip irrigation or watering with a bucket is allowed Monday and Friday, but only between 5-10 a.m. and 9-12 p.m.

Weekend watering

During all drought stages, absolutely no watering with a sprinkler, in-ground irrigation system, or soaker hose is allowed on Saturday and Sunday. This ensures a modest regeneration of the Edwards Aquifer.

Vehicles may be washed at home on Saturday and Sunday without any run-off in the street. Using a bucket and positive shut off on the hose is strongly recommended.

Water waste

Over-spray or run-off on to streets, curbs, pavement, or parking lots or water leaks from service lines and irrigation are considered water waste. Report all water waste here.

Other requirements:

  • Charity car washes must be held at commercial car washes.
  • SAWS-certified car washes may run any day.
  • Commercial fountains and water features require a variance.
  • Golf courses, athletic fields, and parks must submit a conservation plan.

SAWS personnel and off-duty peace officers are patrolling neighborhoods — both open and gated — identifying and citing those violating watering rules.

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Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson was a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System before retiring. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you're likely to find him hiking San Antonio's wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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