SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — San Marcos entered Stage 4 watering restrictions Sunday, and some neighbors say the city needs to change how they handle violations. Charles Clary says it has been difficult to keep his garden alive with only two watering days a month.
“When they tell you you can’t water until 8 o’clock at night, it’s tough,” Clary said. “You got to push two hours in that period of time as much water as you can get on that lawn.”
However, he says the water shortage might not be so extreme if violators were handed citations instead of warnings.
“Where’s the teeth in that?” Clary asked. “Unless you make somebody lay some money to pay for their indiscretions, they’re going to continue to do it”.
San Marcos utility officials say they have never issued a ticket and hope they can get people to follow the rules without fining them.
“We’re really trying to educate people first,” said San Marcos Conservation Coordinator Jan Klein. “We think that’s the best way to get people to comply … is to inform them and educate them about the rules, and if that doesn’t work then we can go to fines.”
The City’s utility department began stepping up patrols Sunday. One enforcement officer will be out overnights, and another will watch from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The city issued 159 initial warning notices and 24 second notices of violation by the end of July.