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San Marcos lifts Stage 2 water use restrictions


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:

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.

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.