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Posted on: September 30, 2020

San Marcos Drought Restrictions Scheduled to End Sunday

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The City of San Marcos will return to year-round water conservation rules, ending currently imposed drought restrictions, starting Sunday, October 4. 


Year-round conservation rules are implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level rises above 660 feet above mean sea level (msl). As of Tuesday, September 29, the 10-day average aquifer level was at 663.7 feet, and the daily reading was 662.7 feet.    


Year-round rules allow use of sprinklers any day before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. Hand watering and the use of soaker hoses or drip irrigation is allowed on any day at any time.  


At-home car washing is permitted at any time, but must be done using a bucket or hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off device. Washing impervious surfaces is also allowed any time, but should be limited unless required for health and safety. Wasting water is prohibited at all times.      


Current aquifer levels and full text of the drought rules can be found on the City of San Marcos website at


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