The Water Conservation division educates the public on how it can make the most efficient use of San Angelo's public water supply in an effort to conserve and preserve the community's most precious natural resource.
Current drought level
San Angelo is in standard conservation, which restricts outside watering to once every seven days at no more than 1 inch per week. Watering is allowed during any part of the day, but runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch is prohibited.
In effect when the city has more than 24 months of available water supply.
Allowable watering days:
April 1 through Oct. 31: Twice every seven days
Nov. 1 through March 31: Once every seven days
Allowable application rates: Up to 1 inch per week.
Prohibited watering hours: Noon to 6 p.m. April 1 through Oct. 31
Hand watering of lawns, gardens, landscape areas, trees, shrubs or other plants being grown outdoors or foundations may be done on any day, except during the prohibited watering hours of noon to 6 p.m., provided the allowable application rate of 1 inch per week is not exceeded.
Landscape or foundation watering with a drip irrigation system such as a soaker hose, deep root watering system, drip pipe or tape, or bubbler shall be permitted on any day and at any time of day provided that the total amount of water applied shall not exceed 1 inch per week.
Golf course greens may be watered daily except during the prohibited watering hours of noon to 6 p.m.
Water conservation videos
Water conservation tips with John Begnaud:
Water conservation tips
- Toilet leaks can be silent. Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.
- If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.
- Do not flush your toilet unnecessarily. Throw your facial tissues in the trash instead of in the toilet.
- Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets and showerheads.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Turn off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth.
- Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks. It’s simple, inexpensive and you can save 140 gallons a week.
- We’re more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes and hoses. If your water meter is moving even though all faucets are off, your house most likely has a leak somewhere.
- Leave lawn clippings on your grass. This cools the ground and holds in moisture. But don’t let this suffocate your lawn.
- Practice Xeriscaping. This method of landscaping uses plants which are native to your area or are naturally drought resistant.
- Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every 6 inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run off the surface.
- Sprinklers should spray large drops close to the ground, rather than a fog or mist, which can be blown away by wind.
- Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation wherever possible.
- Watering plants deeply but infrequently encourages deep root growth and drought tolerance.
- Use mulch around plants and flowers. The mulch reduces evaporation and helps keep water near the roots of the plant where it is most beneficial.
- Do not over water. This means watching for puddles or runoff.
- Only water your yard. Concrete sidewalks and gutters don't grow. This may require readjusting your sprinklers or watering some areas by hand.