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San Marcos declares Stage 2 water restrictions

San Marcos will enter Stage 2 drought restrictions on Sunday (Cropped Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Anton Croos / CC BY-SA 3.0)

San Marcos will enter Stage 2 drought restrictions on Sunday, June 17 at noon, the city announced on Wednesday.

The Edwards Aquifer Authority implemented Stage 2 restrictions on June 11.

The city says Stage 2 is implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 650 feet above mean sea level, and that on Monday, the 10-day average aquifer level was at 648.2 feet and the daily reading was 645.1 feet.

Stage 2 drought rules are similar to Stage 1 rules, with additional restrictions on irrigating with soaker hoses and drip, and using decorative water features:

  • Sprinkler use is still restricted to one day per week on the designated weekday determined by address. Irrigation 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

“Aquifer levels continue to decline very rapidly, between 1 to 2 feet per day,” said Tom Taggart, Executive Director of Public Services. “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.”

For more information on drought restrictions, click here or call 512-393-8310.

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