will affect pumpers, Stage Two still in place for SAWS customers
The Edwards Aquifer Authority today declared Stage Three water restrictions across the metro San Antonio area, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The restrictions don’t affect individual customers of water agencies like SAWS, but it will drastically limit the amount of water that water companies, industrial users, farmers, and people who get their water from backyard wells can pump.
The reason; the J-17 index well at Ft. Sam Houston has fallen below 640 feet in a ten day rolling average, making pumping restrictions mandatory.
The new rules require all pumpers to reduce consumption by 35% over allowable levels effective immediately.
Anne Hayden of the San Antonio Water System says the Edwards declaration will not affect SAWS customers. She says SAWS is committed to maintaining Stage Two restrictions during this summer’s drought.
“Since EAA manages pumping permits, their Stage Three affects utilities and well owners,” Hayden said. “Cities, like San Antonio, determine their own drought limitations to meet the pumping limitations. Here in San Antonio, SAWS has determined we have the diversified water resources available to meet pumping limitations. We will continue to monitor water use, weather, and aquifer levels to ensure we can stay in Stage Two.”