San Marcos returns to Stage 1 drought restrictions

FILE - Water sprinkler (AP File Photo/Charlie Riedel)
FILE - Water sprinkler (AP File Photo/Charlie Riedel)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — In response to decreasing water levels, San Marcos will re-enter Stage 1 drought restrictions beginning August 9.

Authorities made this decision based on the aquifer levels for the Edwards Aquifer. Once the well water levels fall below 660 feet for 10 consecutive days Stage 1 takes effect. Levels measured 659.5 feet July 30.

Restrictions had been originally lifted June 7 following the extraordinary amount of spring rainfall. San Marcos has been in and out of drought restrictions since the dry spell hit in 2011.

Under the Stage 1 rules sprinklers can be used one day a week for designated addresses.

Hose-end sprinklers can be used for irrigation on the determined day before 10 a.m or after 8 p.m. Automatic irrigation systems can only be used on the designated day starting at 8 p.m. and ending the next morning at 8 a.m.

Watering by hand or drip irrigation is allowed any time or day. All water wasting is prohibited.

  • Addresses ending with 0 or 1 can water Monday
  • 2 or 3 water Tuesday
  • 4 or 5 water Wednesday
  • 6 or 7 water Thursday
  • 8 or 9 water Friday

“It is essential that residents continue to conserve water” says Tom Taggart, Executive Director of City of San Marcos Public Services. “We had a wet spring and people may have become complacent, but it’s important to remember that drought is always just around the corner in our area.”

For more information please visit the City of San Marcos website. 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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