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Posted By: Christina Coleman
The San Antonio Water System may have to enforce the toughest
water restriction in the utility's history.
The Edwards Aquifer is twenty feet below what it usually is
this time of year and ten feet away from levels that would
require SAWS to go into stage 3 water restrictions.
The SAWS director of conservation, Karen Guz, says they may go
into stage 3 restrictions as early as May.
She says customers would be allowed to water their grass
once every other week under those guidelines, "If we go to stage
3, remember there is going to be an off week when nobody in the entire
city uses spray irrigation. Then the next week remember what your day is and it's 7 to 11, you can use spray irrigation again."
This is the third consecutive year that this region has been in a drought.
This has only occurred two other times, once in the early 1980's and again
in the 1950's. You can visit the SAWS website at http://www.saws.org/conservation/droughtrestrictions/ for more water saving tips.
Preferred Landscape and Lighting also has plenty of information on what
you can do to keep your yard healthy during these dry conditions.
The business is located at 26421 IH-10 West in Boerne.
The company's president, David Dunne, encourages people to use
drip irrigation to water their yards.
He also encourages using native plants in your yard, "A sea of grass is not
the best thing for San Antonio, having it mixed in with planting beds of adaptive plants and deep soils and appropriately irrigating is the best thing for San Antonio.
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Tuesday, March 19 2013, 09:59 PM CDT
Texas has 8 of top 15 fastest-growing cities in US
May 23, 2013 16:12 GMT
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HOUSTON (AP) -- New estimates show Texas has eight of the nation's 15 fastest-growing cities.
Estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show San Marcos in Central Texas led the way with a nearly 5 percent population boom between July 2011 and July 2012. That's the highest rate among U.S. cities with at least 50,000 people.
Of the 10 big U.S. cities with the largest gains, half are in Texas: Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth. Only New York added more people than Houston, which now has a population of nearly 2.2 million after adding more than 34,500 people.
Midland; Conroe, just north of Houston; and the Austin suburbs of Cedar Park and Georgetown also are among the fastest-growing in the country.
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