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The city entered into Stage 1 drought restrictions on Sept. 16. But the city announced Wednesday that it will return to year-round water conservation rules, which allows the use of sprinklers any day before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m.

City to end Stage 1 drought restrictions beginning Sunday

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The City of San Marcos will end its Stage 1 drought restrictions beginning Sunday after recent rains across the hill country helped move water levels in the Edwards Aquifer above restrictive levels. 

The city entered into Stage 1 drought restrictions on Sept. 16. But the city announced Wednesday that it will return to year-round water conservation rules, which allows the use of sprinklers any day before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Additionally, hand watering and using soaker hoses or drip irrigation is allowed on any day at any time. 

The city’s year-round water conservation rules allow for at-home car washing at any time but must be done by using a bucket or hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off device. Washing impervious surfaces is allowed any time but should be limited unless required for health and safety. The city’s rules prohibit the waste of water at all times. 

The city utilizes its year-round water conservation rules when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer well level rises 660 feet above mean sea level (MSL). The 10-day average aquifer level was at 663.5 feet and the daily reading was 663.8 feet on Jan. 5. 

When the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level rises 660 feet above mean sea level (MSL), normal year-round water usage is allowed.  On January 5, 2021, the 10-day average aquifer level was at 663.5 feet and the daily reading was 663.8 feet. 

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