San Marcos to Return to Stage 2 Drought Restrictions
Effective Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
Thanks to recent rainfall, the City of San Marcos is returning to Stage 2 drought restrictions effective Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at noon. The Edwards Aquifer Authority returned to Stage 2 this week.
San Marcos has been in drought restrictions for all of 2013. The City began the year in Stage 1 restrictions and progressed to Stage 2 on March 18. A good rainfall event in May enabled the City to briefly return to Stage 1 for the month of June. The City returned to Stage 2 on July 1, and progressed to Stage 3 on August 4, where it has remained until now.
Stage 2 drought rules restrict use of sprinklers to one day per week on a designated weekday before 10 am or after 8 pm. Hand watering and using soaker hoses or drip irrigation is allowed on any day before 10 am or after 8 pm.
Stage 2 rules also limit 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.
Full text of the Stage 2 rules can be found on the City of San Marcos website at www.sanmarcostx.gov/drought.
Stage 2 is implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 650 feet above mean sea level (msl), or when it rises above the Stage 2 level of 640 feet above msl. On Thursday November 7, the 10 day average aquifer level was at 640.9 feet and the daily reading was 641.7 feet.
“It is essential that residents continue to conserve water” says Tom Taggart, Executive Director of City of San Marcos Public Services. “Both ground and surface water sources remain below average for this time of year.”