UTSA sets water restriction and conservation plan

(June 15, 2006)--According to the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), the agency that regulates water usage for the City of San Antonio, Stage One water restrictions will go into effect when the Edwards Aquifer goes below the 650-foot level.

The water level in test wells was 652.3 feet above sea level on Wednesday, indicating that Stage One restrictions could be enacted soon.

In support of water conservation and environmental stewardship, UTSA will implement these steps if Stage One restrictions go into effect:

  • UTSA watering will be restricted to Mondays, midnight-10 a.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight. The watering day may change based on SAWS directives.
  • Aesthetic water fountains such as the Sombrilla Plaza fountain will be shut down.
  • Athletics and sports fields are considered special-use areas and variances will be requested from SAWS for additional watering times.
  • Power washing of campus buildings and outdoor areas will be postponed unless a variance is requested for safety or structural reasons.

UTSA Facilities Services staff continually monitor automatic irrigation systems for proper operation and install landscaping that supports water conservation and protects natural resources. Conservation measures and restrictions are followed at the three UTSA campuses.

UTSA faculty, staff and students are encouraged to follow water conservation practices and monitor the drought information at the SAWS Web site. Further restrictions could occur if the aquifer level continues to fall.

For more information or to make suggestions, contact Facilities Services Work Control at (210) 458-4262.

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