The city of San Marcos will be reverting back to Stage 3 drought restrictions, effective Nov. 5, as water levels slowly start to rebound. The city entered Stage 4 restrictions at the end of August for the first time in nearly a decade.

How we got here

The city gets the majority of its water from the Edwards Aquifer and Canyon Reservoir through the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority; and while the Canyon Reservoir hasn't bounced back to its pre-summer levels, Edwards Aquifer data tells another story.

In August, the daily reading of the Edwards Aquifer index well was at around 626 feet; As of Nov. 3, it sits higher at around 635 feet.

To the glee of kayakers and paddlers alike, the daily average streamflow and springflow of the San Marcos River and San Marcos Springs have improved, especially in the last 30 days.

"Although the recent rain events are encouraging, Stage 4 and Stage 3 drought restrictions are very similar, so we will continue to rely on our customers to help conserve water where safely possible," said director of SMTX Utilities Tyler J. Hjorth in a news release.

The takeaway

There are still limitations on the use of soaker hoses, sprinkler systems and other water features under stage 3 but there is more flexibility for residents.

The watering schedule for hose-end sprinklers and automatic systems remains the same at once every other week on a specific day during designated times :
  • Addresses ending with 0 or 1 on Monday
  • Addresses ending with 1 or 3 on Tuesday
  • Addresses ending with 4 or 5 on Wednesday
  • Addresses ending with 6 or 7 on Thursday
  • Addresses ending with 8 or 9 on Friday
A few other notable changes under stage 3 include:
  • Hand watering with bucket or hose allowed any day, at any time;
  • filling existing swimming pools.
For a comprehensive list of stage 3 restrictions and permissions, click here or visit visit