The city of San Marcos is tightening up water restrictions to contend with an ongoing drought which shows little sign of letting up.
The city moved into Stage 3 of its water conservation plan last week. The new rules strictly limit how much residents can water their lawns.
"Next week you can't use sprinklers at all, even on your designated day," Jan Klein, the city’s conservation coordinator, said.
The restriction for sprinklers is only one part of the new Stage 3 restrictions. Car washing at home and filling swimming pools are also prohibited.
"The goal really is to educate people and let them know what this is all about and how important our water supplies are," Klein said.
Water restrictions aren't new for San Marcos.
"For the last 3 years it's been almost continuous,” Klein said.
Monica Mason owns C and J Greenhouses, a San Marcos business. Over the past few years, Mason’s business has seen the demand for drought tolerant plants grow.
She says the key to keeping plants alive is just use a trickle of water and let it soak in.
"You're going to get a much more deep water and also it's going to encourage deeper roots, which means your plants are going to be much more drought tolerant,” Mason said.
Fines for violating the water restrictions start at $100.
Click here for a full list of the Stage 3 restrictions.