SAN MARCOS — It’s a complicated and controversial issue: water. How much is left and how is it being used, that’s what San Marcos is trying to figure out after some neighbors have asked council to change the water restrictions.
On Monday, people from the community packed into the San Marcos City Hall chambers. They sat through a two-hour workshop in regards to the conservation ordinance and drought response plan, along with water use.
City council members and people from across the city are learning about the city’s water usage because some want to see the ordinance change. They argue nearly all of the city’s usage comes from Canyon Lake and very little from Edwards Aquifer, adding they shouldn’t be dinged for the restrictions tied to the aquifer.
“When you drive through our city and people have landscaping…we don’t want to look at dead landscaping,” said Carter Morris. “It’s a holistic approach to the beautification of San Marcos.”
Morris lives in San Marcos and spoke to city council about his concerns in December. He says he believes in conservation, but only when it’s needed.
“Do we want San Marcos to be a great beautiful place? Of course we do. Do we want there to be water for our children and our great-grandchildren? Of course we do. But lets get a clear and precise level of conservation that takes us to the next level.”
But members of the San Marcos River Foundation say the restrictions shouldn’t be changed and that there is a threat of a water shortage in the future.
“People think, ‘We get our water from Canyon Lake, so no problem. There’s plenty of water in Canyon Lake,'” said Dianne Wassenich. “Well, there is not plenty of water anywhere, and we’re in the middle of a very long drought … We keep pointing out to our townspeople: We must try to protect the San Marcos springs however we can. And water conservation rules are a great way to do that.”
The point of Monday’s meeting was to iron out where is the water coming from and how restrictions are put into place. There is no scheduled date on when the city will take action.