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The Source: Impacts Of Record-Setting Drought Restriction

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The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) imposed stage three water restrictions on April 10, the earliest in area history and only the fourth time ever for the "San Antonio pool." Despite summer being months away, residents are already being asked to restrict their water usage.

The EAA used the stage three restrictions for the first time ever last July  in August of 2012, when the aquifer fell below the mandated 640 feet. All indications are that the drought will continue to get worse through the summer, but are people taking it seriously?

The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has not gone to stage three. Having built up its water portfolio beyond the Edwards Aquifer, it can further accommodate customers.

Will SAWS institute stage three restrictions soon?

Guests:

  • Roland Ruiz, general manager of the Edwards Aquifer Authority
  • Patrick Sullivan, director of public works for Alamo Heights
  • Greg Flores, vice president of public affairs at the San Antonio Water System

*This is the first segment in the April 30 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM -- audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive