San Marcos to scale down on water restrictions Sunday, officials say


The city of San Marcos will scale down on water restrictions at noon on Sept. 16 after a steady stream of showers and storms fell over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone through the beginning of the month.

The city will go from stage 2 to stage 1 restrictions, which limit sprinkler use to one day per week, city officials said. Additionally, hose-end sprinkler use is limited to before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. on the designated day, and automatic irrigation systems can only be used from 8 p.m. through 8 a.m.

The rules also limit car washing at home and surface washing to one day each week, according to the city.

San Marcos had been under stage 2 restrictions since mid-June, which include extra restrictions on irrigation with soaker hoses and the use of decorative water features.

According to city officials, stage 2 restrictions are terminated when the 10-day average index well level of the Edwards Aquifer breaches 650 feet above sea level. On Wednesday, the average well level reached 655 feet, while the daily level was recorded at 663.4 feet.

“Even though we received moderate amounts of rainfall in our area, parts of the recharge zone received 10-plus inches over the last two weeks,” said Tom Taggart, executive director of public services at the city of San Marcos. “More rain is predicted for the region, so we are hopeful that Stage 1 drought restrictions can be suspended in the near future.” 

Here are the designated watering days based on the number addresses end on:

  • Address ends in 0 or 1: Water use allowed on Monday
  • Address ends in 2 or 3: Water use allowed on Tuesday
  • Address ends in 4 or 5: Water use allowed on Wednesday
  • Address ends in 6 or 7: Water use allowed on Thursday
  • Address ends in 8 or 9: Water use allowed on Friday


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