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San Marcos moves to stage one drought restrictions

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After an abundance of rainfall, the City of San Marcos will return to Stage 1 drought restrictions effective May 24 at noon.

Stage 1 drought conditions are implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 660 feet above mean sea level (msl), or when it rises above the Stage 2 level of 650 feet above msl, according to a May 22 city press release.

The 10-day average aquifer level was at 651.0 feet May 20 and the daily reading was 655 feet, according to the press release.

Citizens will be allowed to use hose-end sprinklers on designated weekdays before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. under Stage 1 restrictions, according to the drought response page on the city’s website.

The use of automatic sprinkler irrigation systems will be permitted once a week on a designated weekday between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Citizens will be allowed to wash their cars at home once a week and are still prohibited from wasting water. The use of soaker hoses or drip irrigation will be allowed at any time of day.

San Marcos has been under drought restrictions since April 2011 and began this year under Stage 2 restrictions. San Marcos entered Stage 3 in April.