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.