The city of San Marcos implemented Stage 2 drought restrictions April 25, which add additional restrictions for outdoor water usage. Decreasing water levels in the Edwards Aquifer caused the increase in restrictions with the 10-day aquifer index dropping below 650 feet April 21.

“Aquifer levels are dropping very rapidly at a rate of about one half to one foot per day,” Public Services Director Tom Taggart said in a news release. “We just entered stage 1 three weeks ago. At this rate we could easily reach stage 3 restrictions in just a few weeks, so it’s imperative that we do all we can to conserve our water resources.”

Stage 2 restrictions limit sprinkler usage to one day per week on a designated day, which is determined by the last number in an address.

Sprinkler usage for addresses ending in zero or one is on Mondays; two and three are Tuesdays; four and five are Wednesdays; six and seven are Thursdays; and eight and nine are on Fridays.

These rules apply for irrigation using hose-end sprinklers, which can water before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m., and automatic irrigation systems, which can operate beginning at 8 p.m. and ending the following morning at 8 a.m.

Soaker hoses and drip irrigation are allowed any day but can only be done before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.

Hand-watering is permitted at any time on any day.

Filling new decorative water features, such as fountains, is prohibited.

Car washing at home, washing of impervious surfaces and foundation watering are limited to one day per week.