SAN MARCOS, Texas — UPDATE: The City of San Marcos is easing their water restrictions starting Sunday after experiencing recent rain.
Under the water conservation rules, people in San Marcos will be allowed to use sprinklers any day between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Hand watering and using soaker hoses or drip irrigation is allowed on any day at any time. At-home car washing can be done at any time, but you can only use a bucket or hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off device.
The city originally entered "Stage 2" drought restrictions on June 17.
PREVIOUS: The Edwards Aquifer Authority implemented the restrictions on June 11. Starting at noon on June 17, San Marcos residents will be expected to "step up our conservation efforts."
Sprinkler use is restricted to one day per week on the designated weekday determined by that last number in your address.
Watering using hose-end sprinklers is allowed on the designated weekday before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. Irrigation with automatic irrigation systems is allowed on the designated weekday beginning at 8 p.m. and ending the following morning at 8 a.m.
Soaker hoses or drip irrigation can be used any day as long as it happens before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. Filling new decorative water features such as fountains is prohibited in Stage 2 restrictions. At-home car washing and "washing of impervious surfaces and foundation watering continues to be limited to one day per week," the city said.
The Edwards Aquifer Authority orders drought restrictions when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 650 feet above mean sea level (msl). On June 11 the 10-day average aquifer level was at 648.2 feet and the daily reading was 645.1 feet, the city said.
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