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San Marcos keeps Stage 2 drought rules in place


San Marcos is continuing under Stage 2 drought restrictions as aquifer levels hovered around the Stage 2 trigger level despite more than six inches of rain in May.

San Marcos activated Stage 1 watering restrictions on April 23 and Stage 2 on May 7 after the Edwards Aquifer dropped 19 feet in April. Despite sporadic showers in May that brought a total of 6.3 inches of rain in San Marcos, the aquifer has not rebounded to average year levels of 666.2 feet at this time of year.

Stage 2 for the San Antonio Pool of the Edwards Aquifer is implemented when the ten day average at the Bexar County J-17 index well falls below 650 feet above mean sea level (msl).

On June 7, the daily reading at the Bexar well was recorded at 649.6 feet msl, dropping 8/10 of a foot in a day. The 10-day average was 652.3 feet msl.

San Marcos Stage 2 rules restrict use of sprinklers, sprinkler systems, foundation watering, soaker hoses and at-home car washing to limited hours on one designated weekday. Stage 2 also limits watering of golf courses and athletic fields, prohibits filling new swimming pools and outdoor decorative water features, and washing paved surfaces.

The city council is currently reviewing the drought response ordinance, approving some revisions on first reading June 5. A second and final reading is scheduled at the June 19 meeting.

Stage 2 rules are available on the city of San Marcos website at www.sanmarcostx.gov

For more information please contact Jan Klein, Conservation Coordinator, at 512-393-8310. To report watering violations, please call the Water Conservation Hotline at 512-393-8360.

San Marcos and the Edwards region were under drought restrictions for most of 2011 through February 2012.