Stage 3 Water Restrictions

  November 6, 2023

Effective today, Monday, November 6th, the City of Alamo Heights has declared Stage 3 Water Restrictions.  These are changes mandated by order of the Edwards Aquifer Authority.

Landscaping Watering (using automatic or manual irrigation systems) is permitted only once EVERY OTHER week between hours 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The last number of your address determines what day you are able to water.  You may water once during the week of November 6th and it is a non-watering week during the week of November 13th.

You may use drip irrigation, soaker hose, or bucket (5-gallon or less container) during any day of the week but only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. A hand-held hose may be used any day of the week at any time.

Filling new pools is prohibited unless at least 30% of the water is obtained from a source other than the Edwards Aquifer. Refilling of existing pools is only allowed if the pool has been drained for repairs and at least 30% of the water is obtained from a source other than the Edwards Aquifer. Newly planted landscape sod does not quality for a variance in Stage 3 water restrictions.

All restrictions are still in place:

  • Wasting water is prohibited at all times. Do not allow water to run off into the street, drain or ditch. Repair all leaks.
  • Do not use water to wash an impervious outdoor ground covering such as a parking lot, driveway, street or sidewalk, unless for health or safety reasons.
  • Restaurants and other eating establishments are prohibited from serving water to customers except upon request of the customer.
  • At least 25% of all non-public swimming pools’ surface area must be covered with evaporation screens when not being utilized. Inflatable pool toys or floating devices may be used.
  • Washing of vehicles or other equipment at a residence is only allowed during their designated watering day. Water is not allowed to run into the street.
  • Charity car washes are prohibited except at commercial car wash that recycles at least 75% of the water it uses or that is certified as a conservation car wash.
  • Ornamental outdoor fountains are not to be utilized unless the water is recycled and the only additional water used is to compensate for loss due to evaporation.