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October 8th, 2009
San Marcos lifts Stage 2 water use restrictions

SUBMITTED REPORT

San Marcos Stage 2 drought restrictions were lifted effective Tuesday, Oct. 6, following several periods of significant rainfall which have relieved severe drought conditions. San Marcos has been under Stage 2 drought restrictions since June 19 due to lack of rainfall and resulting low aquifer levels.

“We have received some badly needed rain, but we’ll need more before we can say the drought is over,” said Tom Taggart, Public Services Director.  “We encourage residents to follow water conservation practices and continue to protect a precious resource.”

San Marcos will continue with Stage 1 water restrictions, which limit sprinkler use to one day a week but allow longer hours on the designated day. Under Stage 1 soaker hoses and drip irrigation can be used at any time on any day.

Stage 1 rules include:

  • Waste of water is prohibited.
  • Irrigation with sprinklers and automatic sprinkler irrigation systems is allowed only one day per week on the designated weekday between the hours of midnight to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.  The designated weekday is as follows:

Monday for addresses ending in 0 or 1.
Tuesday for addresses ending in 2 or 3.
Wednesday for addresses ending in 4 or 5.
Thursday for addresses ending in 6 or 7.
Friday for addresses ending in 8 or 9.

Residents may apply for an alternate designated day, including Saturday or Sunday if the designated weekday doesn’t work for them.

  • Hand watering and irrigating with a soaker hose or drip irrigation system is allowed any day and any time.
  • At-home car washing is allowed only one day per week on the designated weekday.
  • Washing of impervious surfaces is prohibited unless required for health and safety use.
  • Foundation watering is allowed any day and at any time.
  • Restaurants are allowed to serve water only upon request.
  • All other non-essential water uses must be is limited.

The aquifer level Monday at the J-17 index well in San Antonio was recorded at 657.9 feet above mean sea level, 6.7 feet below the historic October average of 664.6 feet. San Marcos Springs were recorded at 110 cubic feet per second or 50 cfs below the October springflow average of 160 cfs.

Full text of the rules is available on the City of San Marcos Web site, sanmarcostx.gov. For more information, please contact Jan Klein, Conservation Coordinator, at (512) 393-8310.

— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM

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