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UTSA begins water restriction, conservation plan

(July 21, 2006)--Because of the lack of rain in the San Antonio area, UTSA is faced with water restrictions imposed by the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), the agency that supplies and regulates water for the City of San Antonio.

According to SAWS policy, Stage One water restrictions go into effect when the Edwards Aquifer goes below the 650-foot level. The aquifer went to 650 feet this week and water restrictions were imposed.

In support of water conservation and environmental stewardship, UTSA will implement these steps:

  • UTSA will restrict watering to Mondays from midnight to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight. This watering day may change based on SAWS directives.
  • Aesthetic water fountains, such as the Sombrilla Plaza fountain at the 1604 Campus, will be shut down. Because of the movement of the water in fountains, evaporation and waste occur.
  • Because athletics and sports fields are considered special-use areas, 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 Operations continually monitors automatic irrigation systems for proper operation and installs landscaping that supports water conservation and protects natural resources. Conservation restrictions and measures are followed at all UTSA campuses.

The UTSA community is encouraged to follow water conservation practices and monitor drought information at the SAWS Web site. Further restrictions could occur if the aquifer level continues to fall.

For more information or to offer conservation suggestions, contact UTSA Facilities Work Control at (210) 458-4262.

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