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.
Last week, 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 about 6-inches per day.
According to the KXAN First Warning Weather Team, San Marcos has received less than one inch of rain since the beginning of 2014.
San 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. and after 8 p.m.
Violators could face fines of more than $200.
“I washing my car at 2:00 p.m. in the evening and I got a ticket, they’re really strict,” said San Marcos resident Mike Mares.
Car washing at home must be done with a bucket or handheld hose equipped with a stopping device.
The City was under Stage 3 restrictions from August to November last year. San Marcos has never gone to stage 3 restrictions this early in the year.
San Marcos Resident, Adam Deleon says the sacrifices for water are well worth it.
“That’s a big deal for me,” said Deleon. “I have a daughter and I want to make sure she has a beautiful place to live in.”
The City of Austin is in Stage Two restrictions, which means you can water once a week and cannot wash your car at home.
In Round Rock, residents can water once a week and wash their cars on the day they’re allowed to water.
Georgetown residents can water twice a week.
Pflugerville, which is under Stage 3 restrictions, allows watering once a week.
Stage 2 restrictions in Burnet allow residents to water once a week.