Most people would not appreciate a week of rain during the summer, but San Antonians are very glad to see it!
Just like the rest of the nation, we’ve had our weather issues over the last few years. Although not as bad as the last couple of years, we are still suffering the affects of a severe draught! So, RAIN, come on!!
We are currently in Stage 2 of four possible stages of water restrictions, which means we have to limit our use of water on our lawns, cars, personal pools and water features, and other ‘unnecessary’ use. (See the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) for more information about what the restrictions mean and how they are applied.)
San Antonio gets its water from the Edwards Aquifer, which is an intensely faulted and fractured carbonate limestone that lies within the Balcones fault zone. The dynamics and size of the this geologic anomaly make it one of the most wondrous aquifers in the nation, through its storage capacity, flow characteristics, water producing capabilities and efficient recharging ability.
The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.
Unfortunately, the Edwards Aquifer doesn’t have an unlimited supply of water, and depends on rain to replenish the water we use. Hence the water restricitons and our joy at seeing rain falling this week, helping to keep the Aquifer levels from dropping dangerously low.