SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — San Marcos will return to Stage 2 drought restrictions at noon Sunday thanks to recent rainfall and lower wintertime water demands. The city has been operating under Stage 3 water restrictions since November.
Despite the relaxed restrictions, city officials are asking water users to be mindful about their usage.
“Both ground and surface water sources remain below average for this time of year,” said Tom Taggart, executive director of City of San Marcos Public Services.
Under Stage 2, the following rules are in place:
- The use of hose-end sprinklers is limited to one day per week on a designated weekday before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
- Irrigation with automatic sprinkler irrigation systems is allowed once per week between the hours of 8 p.m. on the designated weekday and 8 a.m. on the following day.
- Hand watering and soaker hoses or drip irrigation is allowed on any day before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
- Limits at-home car washing to one day per week, and prohibit water waste, filling new pools, using outdoor decorative water features, and washing impervious surfaces.
- All other non-essential water use is prohibited.
Violators could face fines up to $1,000 a day for each offense.
In August, the city for the first time placed its residents under Stage 4 water restrictions. The rules stayed in effect until November when they returned to Stage 3. San Marcos has been in drought restrictions almost continuously since April 2011.
Stage 2 restrictions are implemented when the 10-day average of the Edwards Aquifer falls below 650 feet above mean sea level, or when it rises above the 640 feet above mean sea level. The 10-day average on Friday stood at 643.7 feet, and the daily reading was 644.5 feet.