When Stage 1 Drought Rules are Declared

Donna Fossum

When steamy temps take their toll on the Edwards Aquifer level, prompting a return to Stage 1 landscape watering restrictions. Here’s what that means for your lawn and garden.

Hot, dry summer temps are already creeping in, causing more landscape watering — and the Edwards Aquifer level has dropped to 660 feet. That means Stage 1 drought restrictions have returned to San Antonio.

It’s been a while since we’ve been in Stage 1 drought restrictions, so here’s a little refresher:

  1. Landscape watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is permitted only on your designated watering day before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Your watering day is determined by the last number of your street address.
  2. Watering days begin and end at midnight; overnight watering is not allowed.
  3. Hand watering with a hose, drip irrigation or bucket is permitted any day, at any time.
  4. 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.
  5. Water waste is prohibited at all times. Allowing water to run off into a gutter, ditch or drain or failing to repair a controllable leak is considered water waste.
  6. Residential car washing is allowed on Saturday or Sunday as long as there is no water waste.
  7. Residential and indoor commercial fountains are permitted. Outdoor commercial fountains must have a variance in order to operate.
  8. Variances will be needed for new landscape installations.

These rules will be declared in print and on social media when Stage 1 is declared.

As always, you can visit GardenStyleSA for watering recommendations and other timely tips. You can also contact us for a free irrigation system consultation. You just might qualify for a cash rebate for making changes to your irrigation system.

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