Stage 3 rules
· Waste of water is prohibited.
· Irrigation with soaker hose or drip irrigation system is allowed one day a week on the designated weekday before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
· Irrigation with hand-held bucket or hand-held hose is allowed any day before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
· Irrigation of vegetable gardens using a hand-held bucket, hand-held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation system is allowed any day before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
· At home car washing is prohibited.
· Filling of new and existing swimming pools is prohibited.
· Using indoor or outdoor decorative water features is prohibited.
· Washing impervious surfaces is prohibited.
· Foundation watering using a soaker hose or hand-held hose is one day per week on the designated weekday before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
San Marcos will activate Stage 3 drought response rules effective at noon on Sunday, Aug. 4 as the Edwards Aquifer continues to decline.
Aquifer levels are measured at the J-17 index well in Bexar County. Stage 3 is triggered when the aquifer drops below 640 feet above mean sea level for the 10 day average. On July 31st, the daily index well reading was 636.6 feet above mean sea level, with a 10-day average of 639.7 feet above mean sea level.
Stage 3 rules in San Marcos restrict watering with sprinklers to once every other week on a designated weekday between the hours of 6 to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.
Use of sprinklers is allowed as follows:
For information, contact Jan Klein, the city’s conservation coordinator, at 512-393-8310. To report watering violations, call the Water Conservation Hotline at 512-393-8360.
The Edwards Aquifer Authority requires permit holders in the San Antonio pool of the aquifer to reduce pumping by 35 percent in Stage 3. For the past two years, San Marcos and the Edwards region have been under almost continuous drought restrictions.
Daily aquifer readings are posted on websites for the city of San Marcos here and the Edwards Aquifer Authority here. at . The city’s drought response rules are available atwww.sanmarcostx.gov/drought.Email | Print