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October 19th, 2009
City to lift drought restrictions


After nearly six months of drought restrictions, San Marcos city officials are calling off Stage 1 drought effective at noon on Tuesday.

The city will return to the year-round water conservation rules, which are always in effect even when the city hasn’t declared a drought stage. Year-round rules allow residents to use sprinklers any day except between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The Edwards Aquifer Authority’s (EAA) J-17 index well level, located in San Antonio, measured 662.5 feet above mean sea level (msl) for the last 10 day average early Monday morning, after reaching that level last week. The EAA lifted Stage 1 restrictions last week.

The year-round rules have the following provisions:

·         Waste of water is prohibited.

·         Irrigation with sprinklers in prohibited during daytime hours between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

·         At-home car washing is allowed any day and at any time, but must be done using a hand-held bucket or hose equipped with a positive shutoff device. Charity car washes are prohibited.

·         Use of non-recirculating decorative water features such as fountains and ponds is prohibited.

Irrigation with hand-held bucket, hand-held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation is allowed at any time.  Other uses such as filling swimming pools, washing impervious surfaces and foundation watering are allowed.

The city entered Stage 1 restrictions on April 28, then went into Stage 2 drought restrictions on June 19. On Oct. 6, the city lifted the Stage 2 restrictions.

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

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  1. I hope people realize the drought is not “over” even though Stage 1 was called off this week.

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