San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

August 31st, 2009
Drought response rules amended


Recently, the city council amended the drought response rules allowing residents to choose and apply for a different watering day per week.  The new rules enable residents to even choose a Saturday or Sunday, if their designated weekdays are unworkable.

If you would like to apply for a different watering day, you may request a form from the city or download it online at Form submission should be made to Jan Klein, Conservation Coordinator, Public Services Department, 630 East Hopkins Street, San Marcos, TX 78666.  They may also be faxed to (512) 392-2625 or emailed to

All other drought restrictions still apply.

San Marcos is currently under Stage 2 drought restrictions.  This means that the wasting of water is prohibited.

Wasting includes allowing water to puddle or run off property, operating a sprinkler system with broken or misaligned heads and failing to repair leaks.

Irrigation with sprinklers is allowed one day per week only. This should be done on the designated weekday within the hours of 6-10 a.m. or to midnight.

The number of the address assigns the watering day designations. Addresses ending with 0 or1 use Monday, addresses ending with 2 or 3 use Tuesday, addresses ending with 4 or 5 use Wednesday, addresses ending with 6 or 7 use Thursday and addresses ending with 8 or 9 use Friday.

Irrigation with a hand held hose or bucket is allowed on any day and at any time.

Irrigation with a soaker hose or drip irrigation system is allowed one day per week only. It is allowed on the property’s assigned watering day within the hours of 6-10 a.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight.

Charity car washes are prohibited unless they are held at a certified car wash.

Washing your car at home is allowed only on your designated day within the hours of 6-10 a.m. or 8 p.m.-midnight. It must be done using a hand held bucket or a hand held hose that is equipped with a positive shut-off device.

Outdoor swimming pools must have at least twenty-five percent of the water surface area covered when not in use.

The filling of new swimming pools is prohibited.

The operation of outdoor water features is prohibited.

The washing of impervious surfaces is prohibited unless it is required for health and safety.

Foundation watering is allowed one day per week only and may be done on the designated weekday within the hours of midnight-10 a.m. or 8 p.m.-midnight.

Restaurants are allowed to serve water to customers only upon the patron’s specific request.

All other non-essential water usage is prohibited.

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