San Marcos drought restrictions to end

Year-round conservation rules permit the use of sprinklers between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day. (Courtesy San Marcos)
Year-round conservation rules permit the use of sprinklers between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day. (Courtesy San Marcos)

Year-round conservation rules permit the use of sprinklers between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day. (Courtesy San Marcos)

The city of San Marcos announced an end to drought restrictions and a return to standard water conservation rules beginning Oct. 4.

Standard year-round conservation rules allow the use of sprinklers before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. every day. Hand watering, soaker hoses and drip irrigation are allowed at any time, according to the city's press release.

The release also states car washing is allowed anytime, but a bucket or hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off device is required. Impervious surfaces can be washed at any time, but washing should be limited unless it is required for health and safety reasons, the release stated.

Year-round conservation rules are activated whenever the 10-day average water level of the Edwards Aquifer rises 660 feet above the mean sea level.

According to the city's release, the 10-day average was 663.7 feet as of Sept. 29.


Wasting of water is still prohibited, and current aquifer levels and drought rules are available online.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.