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San Marcos Enters Stage 4 Drought Restrictions

Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 05:17 AM CDT

Just a few hours ago, for the first time ever, San Marcos entered what is known as stage 4 drought conditions.

That means this city will put a lot of restrictions in place.

San Marcos has been in drought restrictions almost continuously since April of 2011, and has been in Stage 3 restrictions since this past April.

Under Stage 4, use of sprinklers will be limited to one day every other week on a designated weekday between 6-10 a.m. or 8 p.m.- midnight. 

There is no sprinkler usage on weekends.

Stage 4 rules also prevent filling swimming pools or using any decorative fountains. 

Local business owner Pete Thompson says he understands why these restrictions are in place.

“We know we are in a long term drought, it's well documented that we are down so many inches over so many years and the reality is until we get the rain coming in we gotta use what we have efficiently.”

If caught violating these rules, fines range from $125 per violation per day up to $1,000 per violation per day.

San Marcos Enters Stage 4 Drought Restrictions

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