The city of San Marcos will enter into Stage 4 drought restrictions for the first time since 2014, effective Aug. 27 at noon.

The context

Stage 4 restrictions are implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 630 feet above mean sea level.

On Aug. 21, the 10-day average aquifer level was at 626.6 feet, and the daily reading was 626.7 feet, according to a city news release.

San Marcos entered into drought restrictions back in March of 2022, which escalated to Stage 3 restrictions in June.

What the city representatives are saying

Director of SMTX Utilities Tyler Hjorth said extreme heat and a lack of rainfall continue to pose a challenge to the region.

"We are hoping weather predictions will bring us a wetter than normal winter and replenish our water resources, but in the meantime, we must do everything we can as a community to protect the water supply we currently have available," Hjorth said in a news release.

Going forward

Stage 4 drought restrictions include the following:
  • Soaker hoses or drip irrigation can be used one day per week on the designated weekday before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • Hand watering can occur any day before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • The use of sprinklers is limited to one day every other week designated weekday determined by address.
  • Hose-end sprinklers are permitted on designated weekday before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
  • Automatic irrigation systems are allowed on the designated weekday beginning at 8 p.m. and ending the following morning at 4 a.m.
  • Sprinkler usage is allowed every other week beginning Aug. 28-Sept. 1.
Residents can find the sprinkler usage schedule at