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- The Edwards Aquifer Authority has lifted all pumping restrictions for the first time since 2011.
All the rain we’ve had lately has claimed lives, ruined homes, and cancelled events across South Texas. But at least it’s improving the health of San Antonio’s main water source.
The Edwards Aquifer Authority announced today that it has lifted all pumping restrictions for the first time since 2011.
The restrictions apply to all groundwater permit holders who use over 3 acre feet of water per year, the equivalent of about 850 gallons.
The historic, pervasive drought of the last five years necessitated the restrictions, since there wasn’t enough rainfall to replenish the aquifer. It dipped close to historic lows during the drought.
It’s worth noting too that removing the pumping limits doesn’t impact local water utility restrictions. The San Antonio Water System is still instituting Stage 2 water restrictions, which means homeowners and businesses can only water their lawns between 7 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 11 p.m.
And while the announcement is definitely good news, it isn’t a license to go all Wet Bandits and leave the faucets running ad infinitum. The EAA cautioned that “although water levels have risen significantly,” the authority could reinstate restrictions if more rain doesn’t come soon.