As summer heats up San Marcos turns to tougher water restrictions


SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Summer officially starts next week, but surrounding cities are already feeling the heat and enforcing water restrictions.

San Marcos went to Stage 1 restrictions two weeks ago, and it could be calling for Stage 2 restrictions by the beginning of next week. 

San Marcos says implementing a Stage 1 restriction is the first sign that people need to be mindful of how much water they are using.

The hot days are only just beginning in Central Texas, which is why conservationists are already getting concerned as they watch water tables drop. 

“The farmers out west are irrigating their crops this time of year so water levels start dropping rapidly, so we have to go into drought restrictions that prompted us to go into Stage 1 just a few weeks ago,” said city of San Marcos conservation coordinator Jan Klein. 

Many people are hoping to keep their lawns green this summer, but that might be difficult.

Stage 1 means you can only water your yard with a sprinkler one day a week during designated times, and that’s likely to last all summer unless there is a big rain event.

Stage 2 means soaker hoses will be regulated as well, and although you will be able to use them any day of the week, there will be specific time limits. 

“Our last big one started around 2011 and went until about 2015, got really bad in 2014 and that’s the first time we went into Stage 4 drought restrictions. For the last couple of year,s we’ve had a little bit of a break, but it’s Texas, it’s just a matter of time before we are in drought again,” said Klein. 

The city says Stage 2 restrictions could be in place as early as Sunday. Click here to see what each stage means for you. 

On Monday, the Texas Water Development Board approved more than $3 million in financial assistance to the city of San Marcos.

The money will fund a project that will help improve water quality in the Edwards Aquifer and the San Marcos Springs and River. 

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