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San Marcos To Return To More Severe Water Restrictions
The city of San Marcos will once again be under a Stage 2 drought rules beginning next week.
The city says a lack of rain has reduces the level of the Edwards Aquifer below the Stage 2 trigger point of 650 feet above mean sea level.
The Edwards region of South Central Texas, including San Marcos, has been under Stage 1 restrictions since mid-December after aquifer levels rose somewhat in late 2012. For the past two years, San Marcos and the Edwards region have been under almost continuous drought restrictions.
The City of San Marcos in 2012 receives 87 percent of its water supply from surface water from Canyon Lake and 13 percent from the aquifer.
Stage 2 rules begin Monday at noon. They are:
--Restrict use of sprinklers and automatic sprinkler irrigation systems to one day per week on a designated weekday determined by address between midnight to 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight. Using soaker hoses, drip irrigation and hand watering is allowed on any day before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
--Limit at-home car washing to one day per week
--Prohibit filling new swimming pools
--Prohibit using outdoor decorative water features
--Prohibit washing paved surfaces.
Find complete information at sanmarcostx.gov/drought or contact Jan Klein, Conservation Coordinator, at 512-393-8310. Call the Water Conservation Hotline at 512-393-8360 to report violations.