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Welcome spring rains have raised the level of the Edwards Aquifer, allowing San Marcos residents to return to Stage 1 drought restrictions effective Wednesday, June 5.
 
The City of San Marcos has issued an order ending Stage 2 drought restrictions and implementing Stage 1. The Edwards Aquifer Authority returned to Stage 1 Critical Period effective June 1 based on trigger levels.
 
The Edwards Aquifer rose to 656.2 feet above mean sea level for the 10 day average on June 3. The historic average for June is 663 feet. San Marcos spring flow was 104 cubic feet per second (cfs) Monday and 211 cfs at Comal Springs in New Braunfels.
 
San Marcos has been under drought restrictions almost continually for the past two years. The City activated Stage 2 drought measures on March 18, 2013 when the aquifer dropped below 650 feet above sea level.
 
Stage 1 drought rules restrict use of sprinklers to one day per week on a designated weekday determined by address. Hand watering and using soaker hoses or drip irrigation are allowed on any day and at any time. 
 
Stage 1 rules also limit at-home car washing to one day per week, and prohibit water waste, filling new decorative water features, and washing impervious surfaces. 
 
“We strongly encourage residents to continue conserving water. Our stay in Stage 1 may be brief,” said Tom Taggart, Executive Director of the city’s Public Services division. “Conservation awareness must be a way of life in Central Texas.”
 
For more information please visit the city of San Marcos website or call Jan Klein at 512-393-8310. To report violations please call the Water Conservation Hotline at 512-393-8360.
 
San Marcos has a four-stage drought response ordinance, with increasing restrictions as aquifer levels decline. Full text of the Stage 1 rules can be found on the City of San Marcos website at www.sanmarcostx.gov/drought.
 
The city also has year-round water conservation measures that prohibit wasting water and encourage water conservation.

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One thought on “After spring rains, drought restrictions eased to Stage 1

  1. Stage 1 should be enforced year-round. If we really stick to Stage 1 and use less water overall, we might be able to avoid moving to Stage 3 in the worst weeks of summer, which is right where we’re headed if we start loosening water restrictions after a couple days of rain.

    I mean, think about it…if it continues to rain every week or so, then loosening restrictions isn’t even necessary because people won’t need to water. And if the rain stops, which it probably will, we’ll at least already be in Stage 2 so our water use will be appropriate for our New Normal of hot, sunny and dry.

    I realize this is all triggered by aquifer levels, but easing restrictions now is insanity.

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