SAWS will issue citations with fines to customers who do not follow the Stage 2 rules

SAINT ANTHONY – With no foreseeable changes to outdoor watering, the San Antonio Water System reminds customers that Stage 2 watering rules still apply.

The rules were first implemented in April this year.

Customers who don’t comply could be issued a citation with municipal fines, which cost about $150 for first-time offenses, SAWS said in a news release Saturday.

“We have been patrolling neighborhoods, including gated communities, in an effort to enforce Tier 2 compliance,”[ads1]; said Karen Guz, SAWS director of conservation. “We are past the point of issuing warnings; anyone caught wasting water or violating the Stage 2 watering rules will receive a citation.”

Watering days remain the same in Stage 2 as in Stage 1, but the hours when watering is allowed have been reduced, according to SAWS.

If you water your property with a sprinkler, irrigation system or soaker hose, you are only allowed to do so between 7-11 and 19-23 on the specified day.


SAWS customers can still water with a handheld hose anytime, any day.

Your specified day is based on the last digit of your address (0-9). Below are the indicated watering days for each number. You can also learn more here.

  • 0 or 1 – Monday

  • 2 or 3 – Tuesday

  • 4 or 5 – Wednesday

  • 6 or 7 – Thursday

  • 8 or 9 – Friday

“Our community is better equipped to deal with widespread drought and avoid a water crisis because of strategies that we have put in place over the past 15 years,” said Robert R. Puente, SAWS President and CEO. “We have created a culture of water management and conservation that makes the community water secure while demonstrating what can be a model for other cities.”

“We’ve been through this before and haven’t had to go into Stage 3,” he added. “We can do this again together if everyone follows the watering rules.”

According to SAWS, the “emerging from drought” stages can be considered 1 day after the aquifer rises above the trigger level.


To learn more, or to take advantage of SAWS’ WaterSaver coupons and discounts, click here.

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