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Old 12-02-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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With the rain we got this morning, I wondered what the Edwards Aquifer level was. Turns out it's only at 648.2', meaning we are still in Stage 2 Water Restrictions!

I suspect some people don't realize this, being that normally most associate it with the hotter, drier summer months; so here's a friendly reminder.

Would hate to hear of someone being fined for unknowingly violating the restrictions!

Cheers! M2
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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There is a house being rennovated (maybe flipped because it was foreclosed) down the street from me. I have seen them watering on Sundays and in the middle of the day. I'm not sure if they have a special permit because of the construction, but it is rather annoying seeing them water at these absurd times that are nowhere near the listed watering day for anyone. I haven't reported it because I don't know about the permit thing, but argh. Yes. We are still under water restrictions.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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There is a house being rennovated (maybe flipped because it was foreclosed) down the street from me. I have seen them watering on Sundays and in the middle of the day. I'm not sure if they have a special permit because of the construction, but it is rather annoying seeing them water at these absurd times that are nowhere near the listed watering day for anyone. I haven't reported it because I don't know about the permit thing, but argh. Yes. We are still under water restrictions.
Newly landscaped properties can apply for a variance, to be able to water enough to get the landscape established.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Newly landscaped properties can apply for a variance, to be able to water enough to get the landscape established.
That's the only thing I can think of. I mean, I'm not going to go up to them and ask if they have a permit or anything....however....walking past the house when it was for sale it did not look like it needed to be landscaped. The inside was the problem. But if this is my biggest worry then I don't have many other things to complain about, right?
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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We have our sprinkler system turned off...this is the time of the year that your water consumption will dictate your "set" sewage rate...so if you are using a lot of water during the winter, you WILL be paying a lot more all year long for sewage charges as well.....
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:25 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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We have our sprinkler system turned off...this is the time of the year that your water consumption will dictate your "set" sewage rate...so if you are using a lot of water during the winter, you WILL be paying a lot more all year long for sewage charges as well.....
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! How does this work?! I'm genuinely curious. Seems like a way to get gouged if one isn't careful or is ignorant of this.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:01 AM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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They figure your sewer charges based on your average usage during the winter. I believe it's on the water bill. We've always been very careful to not just turn off out sprinklers, but actually shut off all water to the outside, we won't turn it on again till march.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:05 AM
 
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I was out and used the rain to wash my van, imagine my neighbors think I'm nutts...LOL
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:44 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! How does this work?! I'm genuinely curious. Seems like a way to get gouged if one isn't careful or is ignorant of this.
YEP. It sure is. And they get away with it. The way they calculate it is so totally different from anything I've ever heard of, I think it's a total ripoff, personally, but that's just me!
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:49 PM
 
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That's the only thing I can think of. I mean, I'm not going to go up to them and ask if they have a permit or anything....however....walking past the house when it was for sale it did not look like it needed to be landscaped. The inside was the problem. But if this is my biggest worry then I don't have many other things to complain about, right?

I believe that variance is only for new construction. At least a few years ago when I checked because we were landscaping our lot, it was not eligible as the house was built in the 1880s, even if it hadn't been landscaped in 50 years.... But, that could have changed since then.

Being concerned about water wastage is a very real concern, and the sign of a responsible citizen. We don't have water to waste. The rules are there so that people don't waste water unintentionally. It is worth asking them if they know we're under Stage 2 restrictions and reminding them of that fact. They may just not realize it.
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