San Marcos will go back to Stage 3 water restrictions


SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — With the lack of rain and warmer temperatures, the City of San Marcos is returning to Stage 3 drought restrictions on April 20.

On Thursday, the Edwards Aquifer Authority declared Stage 3 after the 10-day average aquifer level dropped below the Stage 3 trigger of 640 feet above sea level. With the start of the spring season, the aquifer has been dropping a half-foot per day.

According to the KXAN Weather Team, San Marcos has received less than one inch of rain since the beginning of the year.

San Marcos Stage 3 Watering ScheduleSan Marcos Stage 3 drought rules restrict use of sprinklers to once every other week on a designated weekday between 6-10 a.m. or 8 p.m.-midnight.

Soaker hose and drip irrigation are allowed one day a week on the designated weekday before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.  Hand watering is allowed on any day before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.

The City was under Stage 3 restrictions from August to November last year.

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