San Antonio Water System said Monday it will keep Stage 2 watering conditions in place despite the Edwards Aquifer Authority declaring Stage 3 for pumping.

The Edwards Aquifer is steadily dropping as drought conditions persist in South Texas and the San Antonio area.

The EAA pumping cutbacks were triggered when the 10-day average of the J-17 well reached 640 feet. That would also trigger Stage 3 for SAWS customers, but the organization along with the San Antonio City Manager is not recommending Stage 3 watering rules.

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