City back to Stage 1 drought re­stric­tions

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

With de­clin­ing re­gional water de­mands dur­ing the win­ter sea­son and higher aquifer lev­els, the city of San Mar­cos re­turned to the lessstrin­gent Stage 1 drought re­stric­tions this week.

San Mar­cos has been in drought re­stric­tions for much of 2012.

The city has been in Stage 2 drought re­stric­tions since Sept. 21; it had en­tered Stage 3 — the most re­stric­tive — on Aug. 20.

“We strongly en­cour­age res­i­dents to con­tinue con­serv­ing water,” Tom Tag­gart, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Ser­vices, said in a news re­lease.

“We have had a very dry au­tumn, and aquifer and lake lev­els are still well be­low av­er­age for this time of year,” Tag­gart said.

On Mon­day the 10-day av­er­age aquifer level was at 651.4 feet above sea level, ac­cord­ing to a city news re­lease.

The his­toric av­er­age aquifer level for De­cem­ber is 668.9 feet above sea level.

Stage 1 drought rules re­strict the use of sprin­klers to one day per week, with the day be­ing de­ter­mined by the lo­ca­tion’s ad­dress.

Hand wa­ter­ing and us­ing soaker hoses or drip ir­ri­ga­tion is al­lowed on any day at any time.

Stage 1 rules also limit ath­ome car wash­ing to one day per week and pro­hibit wash­ing im­per­vi­ous sur­faces.

A full list of re­stric­tions can be found at www.san­mar­

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