SAWS Watering Rules Review

San Antonio’s conservation ordinance helps conserve and extend our water resources. It prohibits water waste and imposes watering rules when the Edwards Aquifer level drops. To make San Antonio’s conservation ordinance more effective, efficient, and fair, SAWS has proposed changes after seeking your feedback.

Table with Watering Rules by drought stage.


Aug. to Oct. 2023 (COMPLETED)

Outreach on proposals (stakeholders, cities, community)
Draft updated Utility Service Regulations

November 2023 (COMPLETED)

Draft ordinance to support rates for enforcement

May 23, 2024 (APPROVED)

SAWS board vote on Utility Service regulations

June 20, 2024

City Council consideration of rates ordinance for enforcement.
Please monitor the City Council agenda for any changes in the schedule.



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Presentation & Meeting Videos

Watch our VP of Conservation, Karen Guz, explain each of the four key proposed changes. Find more information regarding the proposed changes in this short video series.

watering rules review & proposed changes

Click the link below to download or view a one-page overview of the proposed changes. You can also see a list of the FAQs by clicking that link.

Please note: Due to direction from our Board of Trustees, we have revised the drip irrigation proposal. (5/10/2024)

Click each button to see the titled documents:

Review the draft Five-Year Conservation Plan by clicking the button below. It is slated to go to the SAWS board in June 2024 and we welcome your input.

Survey is now closed. We appreciate your input..