SAN MARCOS, Texas -- San Marcos will return to Stage 2 drought restrictions Monday July 1 at noon. San Marcos had been under Stage 1 restrictions since early June.
The City says the Edwards Aquifer is in a steep decline, dropping one to two feet a day in the past week.
“The extreme temperatures and lack of rain are causing aquifer levels to fall dramatically,” said Tom Taggart, executive director of Public Services. “We urge our residents to be mindful of the drought conditions and to follow the rules, use water carefully and adhere to the watering schedules.”
Stage 2 rules in San Marcos restrict use of sprinklers and automatic sprinkler irrigation systems to one day per week on a designated weekday determined by address between midnight to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight. Using soaker hoses, drip irrigation and hand watering is allowed on any day before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
The rules also limit at-home car washing to one day per week, prohibit filling new swimming pools, prohibit using outdoor decorative water features, and prohibit washing paved surfaces.
Full text of the Stage 2 rules can be found on the City of San Marcos website at www.sanmarcostx.gov/drought.
For more information please contact Jan Klein, Conservation Coordinator, at 512.393.8310. To report watering violations, please call the Water Conservation Hotline at 393.8360.