For the first time in 10 months, San Marcos and the San Antonio Pool of the Edwards Aquifer will move out of the Stage 1 critical management period. However, the city manager’s office has warned that without additional rainfall, pumping and watering restrictions could return soon.
City of San Marcos Public Services Director Tom Taggart announced Monday that the city is lifting Stage 1 watering restrictions following action by the Edwards Aquifer Authority to declare the region out of the Stage 1 critical period. The management rules are based on aquifer levels as measured in the San Antonio index well.
”The efforts of our citizens to conserve water were very visibly reflected in our pumpage amounts throughout the summer,” Taggart said. “They did a great job of lowering the peaks and pumping curve.”
With Stage 1 lifted, San Marcos residents will return to year-round watering rules, which still limit outdoor watering for the community.
Year-round rules prohibit wasting water or outdoor watering with sprinklers between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. However, residents many water on any day before or after those restricted hours. Watering with hand-held buckets, hand-held hose or drip irrigation is allowed any time year round. Year round, charity car washes are prohibited unless they are administered by certified car wash businesses. Positive shut-off valves on hoses are required year round. Year round rules allow the normal use of swimming pools, though the city recommends covering pools when they are not being used. Year round rules prohibit non-recirculating decorative water features. The rules allow washing paved (impervious) surfaces if required for health and safety purposes.
The aquifer authority lifted Stage 1 regional restrictions after the index well in San Antonio recorded a 10-day average aquifer reading above 660-feet above mean seal level on Friday, Feb. 10 for the first time since April 2011.
The drought has brought the city’s drought response rules to the attention of the city council twice in recent months. Amendments to the rules will be considered in the coming weeks.Email | Print