San Antonio Went 50 Days Without Drought Restrictions

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May and the feverish drought-breaking rains that came with it are long gone.

The summer is here and the ground is cracking. The dust is blowing and cicadas are chirping. 



And drought restrictions are back after a 50 day hiatus when the San Antonio Water System lifted the restrictions effective June 10 for the first time since 2011.

Starting today, Stage 1 management rules are in effect.



"While the rain we received earlier this year greatly improved aquifer levels, it wasn't enough to completely remove the prospect of drought restrictions," SAWS President/CEO Robert R. Puente says in a press release. "We have an ample supply of water from the Edwards and six other sources, but state law requires us to cut back on pumping when the Edwards Aquifer reaches certain levels."

What does this mean?

Outdoor water with sprinklers or irrigation is allowed before 11 a.m. and after 7 p.m., one day per week, as determined by the last number of your street address:

0 or 1 – Monday

2 or 3 – Tuesday

4 or 5 – Wednesday

6 or 7 – Thursday

8 or 9 – Friday

Well, no drought restrictions was nice while it lasted, but at least everything's back to normal now.

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