Stage 3 Water Resctrictions - San Antonio Water Systems

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It looks to be eminent! 

Stage 3: Aquifer level reaches 640 feet.

Stage Three Alert begins when the Edwards Aquifer level drops to 640 feet mean sea level at the monitored well.

All restrictions from Stage One and Stage Two remain in effect, unless added to or replaced by Stage Three rules.

Landscape watering allowed only EVERY OTHER WEEK with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose. Weeks when no watering is allowed will be announced via local media and online.

  • Landscape watering is allowed only from 3-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m. on your designated watering day, as determined by your address.
  • Watering with drip irrigation is allowed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but only from 3-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m.
  • Watering with a hand-held hose is allowed any time on any day.
  • Use of fountains, waterfalls, or other aesthetic water features — outdoors or indoors — is prohibited, unless a variance has been granted for 100 percent non-potable water use.
  • All non-public swimming pools must have a minimum of 25 percent of the surface area covered when not in use. Inflatable pool toys or floating decorations may be used for this purpose.
  • Washing impervious cover such as parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is prohibited. Health and safety exceptions may be requested from SAWS in writing.
  • Residential washing of vehicles or other equipment only on assigned watering days/times. No street runoff allowed.
  • The use of commercial car wash facilities is allowed any day.
  • Operators of golf courses, athletic fields and parks must reduce watering per city ordinance. For requirements, call 704-SAVE.
  • Hotels, motels and other lodging must limit linen/towel changes to once every three nights, except for health and safety.

And don't forget to follow these year-round rules:

  • Water waste is prohibited at all times. This includes lawn watering overspray and runoff.
  • Restaurants may serve water only on request (to reduce dishwashing).
  • Charity car washes allowed only at commercial car wash facilities.            

Landscape Watering

Landscape watering is allowed only EVERY OTHER WEEK, from 3-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m. with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose, and only on your designated watering day:

Last Digit of Street

Address Day        Watering


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.

Water for Generations

San Antonio's cheapest source of water is conservation — water we don't use. That's why our proven conservation programs have become a cornerstone of the community's long-term water management and supply strategy.

With your help, we can keep SAWS rates among the lowest in the nation, while managing tomorrow's water today.

The use of treated wastewater or recycled water is a defense to prosecution under these rules. Stage Three restrictions continue until there is an announcement in the newspaper that Stage Three has been canceled or that Stage Four is in effect.

Posted by
Cathy Criado President & Founder
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