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UTSA implements water conservation plan

By Victoria O'Connor
Communications and Customer Relations Representative, Facilities Business Operations

(May 29, 2009)--According to the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), the agency that regulates the city's water usage, Stage Two water restrictions go into effect when the Edwards Aquifer goes below the 650-foot level. In support of water conservation and environmental stewardship, UTSA will implement the following measures:

  • The UTSA campuses (Main, Downtown and HemisFair Park) will be restricted to watering on Monday only from 3 to 8 a.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.
  • Athletics and sports fields are considered special-use areas and additional watering day variances are requested from SAWS.
  • Aesthetic water fountains supplied only by potable water will be turned off. Depending on the water volume required, a fountain may be drained during the duration of the restriction or remain filled with recirculation water that is used to maintain fountain pumps and equipment.
  • Washing impervious cover, such as parking lots, driveways, streets, buildings or sidewalks, is prohibited during drought restrictions. Exceptions, based on health and safety reasons, may be requested from SAWS. All requests should be made through the UTSA Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at (210) 458-5250. Unless a variance is requested and granted from SAWS, power washing without a variance will be considered subject to citation.
  • Facilities staff members continually monitor the automatic irrigation systems for proper operation and install landscaping that supports water conservation and protects natural resources.

Because there may be further restrictions if the aquifer level continues to fall, everyone in the UTSA community is encouraged to follow water conservation practices and monitor the drought information at the San Antonio Water System Web site.

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

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