Drought Response

Current Drought Status for San Marcos

Year-Round Water Restrictions:


  • Waste of water is prohibited. Waste includes allowing water to puddle or run off a property, operating a sprinkler system with broken or misaligned heads, and failing to repair leaks.
  • Irrigation with sprinklers is allowed any day before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
  • Irrigation with hand-held bucket, hand-held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation system is allowed on any day at any time.
  • Charity car washes are prohibited unless held at a commercial car wash.
  • At-home car washing is allowed on any day and at any time, but must be done using a hand-held bucket or hand-held hose equipped with a positive shutoff device.
  • Swimming pools should be at least partially covered when not in use to minimize evaporative losses.
  • Use of non-recirculating decorative water features is prohibited.
  • Washing of impervious surfaces is allowed but should be limited unless required for health and safety.
  • Foundation watering is allowed on any day and at any time.
  • Other non-essential water uses are allowed but all reasonable measures shall be taken to limit use.