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NEWS | Dec. 22, 2015

Stage 1 water restrictions implemented across JBSA

JBSA Water Conservation Manager

The 10-day average of the Bexar County index well J-17 has reached Stage 1, with water restrictions for all Joint Base San Antonio locations is triggered at the following levels. The J-17 well serves as the official well for recording groundwater elevations in the San Antonio Pool of the Edwards Aquifer, according to the Edwards Aquifer Authority website (

The JBSA Base Civil Engineer declared Stage 1 water restrictions effective immediately, in accordance with the current JBSA Critical Period Management Plan and Biological Opinion issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


The biological opinion limits JBSA's water draw from the Edwards Aquifer in order to protect eight endangered species which live in the aquifer and its associated springs. These species can only survive when aquifer levels and spring flows are adequately maintained.


The restrictions within Stage 1 facing base residents and personnel are substantial and all residents and workers must comply with the JBSA Critical Period Management Plan.

All the Stage 1 restrictions in addition to Stage Normal water restrictions are in place:


-- Continue Stage 1 normal water use measures, except as noted or replaced by Stage 1 rules.

-- Landscape watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is allowed only once a week before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. on your designated watering day, as determined by your address or facility number.

 -- Reduce water consumption by any means available.

-- New turf/landscaping may be watered as identified in Stage Normal until adequate growth is maintained.

-- Privately owned vehicle washing allowed once per week on Saturday or Sunday as long as there is no water waste. A positive shutoff nozzle must be used with hoses when washing cars to prevent water waste. Water should not be allowed to run into the street.

-- All swimming pools must have a minimum of 25 percent of the surface area covered with evaporation screens when not in use. Inflatable pool toys or floating decorations may be used.

-- Hand watering with a handheld hose, soaker hose, drip irrigation, bucket or watering can is permitted at any time on any day.

-- Washing impervious cover such as parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is prohibited, except to correct life, health or safety concerns.

-- Irrigation of athletic fields is permitted only as required to maintain the turf viability and safety. Athletic fields continue Stage Normal water use measures.

-- Landscape on golf courses are required to follow one-day-per-week watering

-- Use of fountains, waterfalls or other aesthetic water features outdoors or indoors is prohibited, unless a variance has been granted for 100 percent non-potable water use.

In Stage 1, the watering days are as follows if address/facility number ends in 0 or 1, Monday; 2 or 3, Tuesday; 4 or 5, Wednesday; 6 or 7, Thursday; and 8 or 9, Friday

All water restriction measures and details are listed in the JBSA Critical Period Management Plan available online at


Call 652-2392 to report water abusers. Those found not abiding with the JBSA Critical Period Management Plan may face potential disciplinary measures. Reports will remain anonymous.