San Marcos to toughen water restrictions for residents starting Sunday


San Marcos will toughen water restrictions starting on Sunday, as aquifer levels continue to drop, city officials said Wednesday.

The city will be under Stage 2 restrictions, which add restrictions on irrigating with soaker hoses and using decorative water features. 

According to the city, sprinkler use is still restricted to one day a week, which is determined by address.

  • 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

Irrigation using hose-end sprinklers is allowed on the designated weekday before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.; and irrigation with automatic systems is allowed on the designated weekday beginning at 8 p.m. and ending the following morning at 8 a.m., the city said.

“Using soaker hoses or drip irrigation is allowed any day, but must be done before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. Hand watering is still allowed on any day and at any time,” the city said in a statement.

“Filling new decorative water features such as fountains is prohibited in Stage 2. At-home car washing, washing of impervious surfaces and foundation watering continues to be limited to one day per week,” according to the city statement.

Stage 2 restrictions, which go into effect at noon Sunday, are triggered when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level dips below 650 feet above mean sea level.

The 10-day average aquifer level on Monday was at 648.2 feet and the daily reading was 645.1 feet.

“Aquifer levels continue to decline very rapidly, between 1 to 2 feet per day,” said Tom Taggart, director of public services for San Marcos. “At this rate we could easily reach Stage 3 restrictions in just a few weeks, so we all need to really step up our conservation efforts.” 

More information is available at sanmarcostx.gov/drought or by calling 512-393-8310.


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