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Stage II water restrictions begin immediately


The S.S. Water Supply Corp. is implementing Stage II water restrictions, effective immediately. This was decided during the corporation’s June 13 board meeting.

In a press release sent June 10, General Manager Herb Williams said, “As the drought in Wilson County, Texas, continues, water usage has nearly pushed our system to its limit.”

However, the city of La Vernia is not restricting usage at this time.

The corporation follows in the steps of the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), which implemented Stage II restrictions in May. SAWS serves the greater metropolitan San Antonio area.

“San Antonio has a big tank the Edwards Aquifer we don’t have that,” Board President John Larrison said. “Our problem is the ability to provide water for everybody.”

Williams said the corporation’s tank needs to recover 90 percent capacity overnight; right now, that’s not happening.

“Our goal is to get a 25-percent reduction pretty immediately to give us some relief,” he said.

“I don’t ever recall going into mandatory conservation mode in the 10 years that I have lived on the system, but it is necessary to enforce mandatory conservation of our water resource during this drought condition,” Williams said in the press release.

Stage II forces the system to implement enforcement action and a system of penalties for violations of the mandatory restrictions. The first violation will result in a friendly notice stating the rules. Subsequent violations will result in penalties.

“Be a good neighbor and remind folks in your community of the restrictions and the citizen obligation to conserve this precious resource,” the press release states.

For information on the corporation or the proposed restrictions, call 830-779-2837 or visit

Stage II Restrictions

The S.S. Water Supply Corp.’s water restrictions include:

¢Irrigation of landscapes with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems shall be limited to Sundays and Thursdays for customers with a mailing address ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8); and Saturdays and Wednesdays for water customers with a mailing address ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9). Irrigation of landscapes is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. However, irrigation of landscaped areas is permitted at any time if it is by handheld hose.

¢Washing motor vehicles, motorbikes, boats, trailers, airplanes, or other vehicles is prohibited except on designated watering days. This washing shall be done with a bucket and hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses.

¢Use of water to fill, refill, or add to any indoor or outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, or Jacuzzi-type pools is prohibited except on designated watering days, and prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Turn off automatic feed systems.)

¢Operation of any ornamental fountain or pond for aesthetic or scenic purposes is prohibited, except where necessary to support aquatic life or where such fountains or ponds are equipped with a recirculation system.

¢Use of water from hydrants shall be limited to firefighting, related activities, or other activities necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare.

¢All restaurants are prohibited from serving water to patrons, except when requested.

The following uses of water are defined as non-essential and are prohibited. Consumers may not:

¢Wash down any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced areas;

¢Use water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection;

¢Use water for dust control;

¢Flush gutters or permit water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street;

¢Fail to repair a controllable leak(s) within a reasonable period.

Various penalties apply, from $50 for a second violation to $125 after more than four violations.

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