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San Marcos Facing Stage 4 Water Restrictions Today

Updated: Wednesday, August 13 2014, 03:25 PM CDT

Edwards Aquifer dips below 630 feet above sea level, which means Stage 4 water restrictions are effective immediately

The stage 4 water restrictions will affect residents living in Hays, Caldwell, Comal, and Guadalupe counties. This means those areas will need to cut their water consumption by 40 percent.

The Edwards Aquifer has slowly been drying up by the inches and has now reached its lowest level in nearly 20 years. This is also the first time the Edwards Aquifer Authority has declared stage four pumping reductions.

The decision was made yesterday after the aquifer dropped below 630 feet above sea level.

Stage four restrictions will be in effect until the water level comes up or until it stabilizes with rainfall.

They apply to all Edwards Aquifer permit holders pumping more than three-acre feet annually. Permit holders must also report pumping totals to the aquifer authority on a monthly basis. Those who exceed this amount could face up to an $810 fine.

Public water consumers are encouraged to contact their water provider directly to find out how these reductions affect them. In the meantime, some cities are studying was to potentially lease or buy water from other sources.

San Marcos City Council is holding a special meeting tomorrow, but as of right now it is not clear if they will discuss the new water restrictions.

This will also impact those living in the San Antonio area.

By Ashley Roberts 

San Marcos Facing Stage 4 Water Restrictions Today


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