San Marcos stage 3 water restrictions begin Sunday

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 Watering Schedule

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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