Water / Wastewater

The Water-Wastewater Utility is owned by the City of San Marcos and operates a high-quality wastewater treatment plant and water system rated superior by the State of Texas. Roughly 2/3 of the City’s water comes from surface water treated at the City’s Water Plant under the operation of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. The utility promotes water conservation and works closely with agencies such as the GBRA, the Edwards Aquifer Authority, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and other organizations to develop regional water policies.

To report a water leak, call 512-393-8010.

The City of San Marcos strives to protect the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone which lies under the western portion of the city.

  1. SESSOM CREEK IMPROVEMENTS

    Construction to Begin on Phase I of Sessom Creek Improvements

    The project aims to replace the exposed wastewater main, reduce the amount of sediment washing into the river, slow stormwater runoff, and minimize creek erosion.... Read on...
  2. NF Pets of the week (11)

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Dog of the Week: Vulcan (46604132) is the coolest Black-Mouth Cur/Retriever cross! If you're looking for an adventure buddy, this 2-year-old is your guy! ... Read on...
  3. NF - SHARED USE PATH

    Final Section of Shared Use Pathway Project Construction to Begin

    Beginning Wednesday, July 28, residents and park patrons will see construction around the railroad trestle between Children’s Park and Rio Vista Park... Read on...
  4. NF - AA BOND RATING

    City of San Marcos General Obligation Bonds Earn AA S&P Global Rating

    The rating follows a thorough review of financial documents by S&P Global Ratings and is an indicator of the City's capacity to meet its financial commitments.... Read on...
  5. NF - SMRAS Surpasses Capacity

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Surpasses Capacity, Urges Adoptions

    The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter announced today, Friday, July 23, that it has surpassed its capacity and urged community members to help clear space for ... Read on...
  6. NF- Drop Off Brushy Waste

    Drop Off Brushy Waste slated for Saturday July 24

    The City of San Marcos Resource Recovery Department will host an additional brushy waste drop-off for residential garbage and recycling service customers this ... Read on...
  7. SMRAS Pets of the Week

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Carol is a total Hallmark junkie! She's a hopeless romantic just waiting for her hooman in shining armor to sweep her out of the shelter! This 32-pound darling... Read on...
  8. NF - Arts Master Planning Open House

    Public Invited to Arts Master Plan Open House

    The City of San Marcos invites members of the community to join an Arts Master Planning Open House on Wednesday, July 28. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the ... Read on...
  9. Utility Assistance Newsflash

    Proposed Utility Disconnections Beginning August 31, Customers Urged to Apply for City-Funded Assist

    Disconnections and late fees for City of San Marcos utility customers are proposed to resume August 31. Read on...
  10. Assault Suspect Arrested

    Tip Leads to Arrest of Aggravated Assault Suspect

    Trine Pastrano was taken into custody on Friday, July 16, after a citizen spotted him dining at a restaurant in San Marcos and called in a tip to law enforcement.... Read on...
  11. NF Pets of the week

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Dog of the Week: Dusty (47732519) Dusty (47732519) is far from shy! He's met all sorts of dog friends here and has been a super good boy. This cool, 65-pound ... Read on...
  12. NF - Hopkins Beacons

    Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons Activate on East Hopkins

    The flashing beacons were installed as part of the City’s East Hopkins Bike and Pedestrian Improvement Project and allow pedestrians to cross at two new locations... Read on...
  13. NF - Sustainable Movie Series

    Sustainable Movie Series Continues July 16th

    The Keep San Marcos Beautiful and Sustainable San Marcos Sustainable Summer Film Series continues this week with a free screening of “Motherload” at San Marcos ... Read on...
  14. PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTED

    Police Ask for Help Finding Aggravated Assault Suspect

    The San Marcos Police Department requests assistance locating a suspect wanted in connection with an aggravated assault that occurred Sunday, July 11 a 921 N I-35.... Read on...
  15. Generic News Flash graphic

    City of San Marcos Selects Rob Fitch as Emergency Management Coordinator

    Rob A. Fitch begins his career in the City of San Marcos on Monday, July 12, and will be responsible for the City’s emergency preparation, response, and recovery.... Read on...
  16. NF Pets of the week

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Dog of the Week: Graham (47751983) Graham is a little shy inside his cage, but once he comes, out he's Mr. Personality! This silly 2-year-old Shepherd/Basset Hound ... Read on...
  17. Seguin Apprentice Lineworker Rodeo NF

    SMEU Employees Test Skills at Lineworker Rodeo

    On Thursday, July 1, San Marcos Electric Utility (SMEU) employees practiced their skills and showcased their profession at the Seguin Apprentice Lineworker Rodeo.... Read on...
  18. Cape Road Closed

    Cape Road Closure for Installation of Storm Drain

    Beginning today, Tuesday, July 6, Cape Road will close to traffic for the installation of a storm drain. The installation is an extension of the Blanco Gardens ... Read on...
  19. NF Pets of the week

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Dog of the Week: Fabio (46886783) We know what you're thinking. How can a dog as handsome and unique as Fabio end up here? We have no idea because this guy is ... Read on...
  20. 4th Of July City Closures

    City of San Marcos Offices to be Closed July 5

    City of San Marcos offices will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Services at City Hall, the San Marcos Public Library, the San Marcos... Read on...
  21. FHA Mortgage NF

    Qualified Homeowners Encouraged to Seek Mortgage Assistance

    All homeowners with FHA-insured loans may ask for forbearance without penalty because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance must be requested by September 30.... Read on...
  22. NF Pets of the week

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Dog of the Week: Psyduck (47893151) A boxer that looks like a platypus? Well, why not? Psyduck has a huge head and a very big brain. He’s 60 pounds of hugs, wiggles... Read on...
  23. Generic News Flash graphic

    City Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Boards, Commissions

    The City of San Marcos is looking for community volunteers to fill vacancies on City boards and commissions. Qualifications, duties, and lengths of service vary.... Read on...
  24. NF - Station 6 Groundbreaking

    SMFD to Host Groundbreaking for Fire Station 6

    The City of San Marcos is hosting a public groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, June 25 beginning at 10 a.m. to mark the start of construction on its newest station.... Read on...
  25. NF Pets of the week (4)

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Dog of the Week: Yanez (47741262) Yanez is such a cuddle bug! Once you get down to his level, be prepared to have 62 pounds of love lying in your lap. This 4-year... Read on...
  26. 41st Annual SummerFest

    SummerFest July 4th Fireworks and Virtual Children’s Patriotic Costume Contest Call for Entries

    The 41st annual SummerFest fireworks show will be held on Sunday, July 4. There will not be a festival or concert, but members of the public are invited to submit... Read on...
  27. Boil Water Notice Canceled

    Boil Water Notice Canceled After Water Main Break

    On June 14, 2021, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of San Marcos public water system, TX 1050001, to issue a Boil Water Notice.... Read on...
  28. NF - Sustainable Summer Movies

    Summer Sustainable Movie Series Starts June 18

    This week, the City’s Keep San Marcos Beautiful program and the non-profit organization Sustainable San Marcos are kicking off a summer movie series focused on... Read on...
  29. Boil water advisory issued

    Boil Water Notice Issued After Water Main Break

    On June 14, a major water main break occurred and caused system pressures to drop below acceptable levels in certain service areas. A boil water notice is issued... Read on...
  30. Pets of the week

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Selena is a beautiful Norwegian Elkhound mix! We aren't sure what happened to her ear before coming to the shelter, but it sure does make her unique and extra cute... Read on...
  31. NF - Emergency Broadband Benefit

    Residents Encouraged to Apply for Emergency Broadband Benefit Assistance

    The City encourages residents to apply for the Federal Communications Commission Emergency Broadband Benefit program.... Read on...
  32. NF - Ride to Remember

    End of Watch Ride Stops in San Marcos to Honor Officer Justin Putnam

    The non-profit organization Beyond the Call of Duty will stop in San Marcos during its annual ride in honor of fallen officer Justin Putnam.... Read on...
  33. Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance program Available

    Rent, Mortgage, & Utility Assistance Program Available

    The City of San Marcos encourages residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for utility, rent, and mortgage assistance. Funding for the program is ... Read on...
  34. San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week

    Lucille would definitely get the award for the sweetest face! This 1-year-old pup has helped out shelter staff at the front desk, gone on a Dog's Day Out... Read on...
  35. NF - Call for Mural Artists

    City Calling Local, Regional Artists for Mural Gallery

    The San Marcos Mural Arts and Main Street Programs are seeking local and regional artists to create a downtown mural gallery. The application deadline is June 16.... Read on...
  36. Fan Drive Starts NF

    City of San Marcos Accepting Fan Drive Donations

    The donations, accepted through July 2, benefit members of the San Marcos community that do not have, or cannot afford, air conditioning during the summer months.... Read on...
  37. NF - Mermaid Capital of Texas

    San Marcos Designated Mermaid Capital of Texas

    On May 24, Governor Abbott signed SCR 9, officially designating the City of San Marcos as the Mermaid Capital of Texas. The designation will remain until 2031.... Read on...
  38. Rec Hall Renaming

    City Seeking Recommendations for City Recreation Hall Renaming

    The City of San Marcos Parks and Rec Department is asking the community to submit suggestions for the renaming of the City Recreation Hall on Charles Austin Drive.... Read on...
  39. Join us for SMTX 2021

    SMTX 2021 to Highlight Achievements, Teamwork in San Marcos

    The presentation includes comments from Mayor Jane Hughson, City staff, and local business owners and may be viewed online or on local government cable channels.... Read on...
  40. CoSM Memorial Day Closures NF

    City Offices Closed Memorial Day

    City offices including City Hall, Library, Activity Center, Discovery Center, Municipal Court, and Utility Offices, will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.... Read on...
  41. Memorial Day Weekend

    San Marcos Honors Veterans on Memorial Day Weekend

    San Marcos will pay tribute to local veterans throughout Memorial Day weekend with special events at the San Marcos City Cemetery and the Hays County Veterans Memorial... Read on...
  42. CDBG Applications Now Open

    Applications Now Open for Annual CDBG Funds

    Applications are now open for the annual Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program. A total of $823,415 is available to support eligible projects and... Read on...
  43. NF - Stage 1 Restrictions

    San Marcos to Return to Stage 1 Drought Restrictions

    Following generous rains over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, the City of San Marcos will return to Stage 1 water restrictions effective Sunday, May 23 at noon... Read on...
  44. NF- City no longer requiring masks

    San Marcos Removes Mask Requirement in City Facilities

    The City of San Marcos revised its personal protection requirements inside City facilities and in outdoor public settings following Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive... Read on...
  45. ARP Funding NF

    City of San Marcos Allocated $18.1 Million in Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding

    The City of San Marcos has been allocated $18.1 million as part of the $350 billion American Rescue Plan Act, signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021. Read on...
  46. CARTS Route Change

    CARTS Transit Route Changes to Route

    The Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) interurban 1517 route has paused operations through Monday, May 31. The route will resume under a modified... Read on...
  47. NF CHILDRENS PARK REPAIRS

    Sections of Playscape to Close at Children's Park

    Beginning May 14, sections of the playscape at Children’s Park will close while a shade structure is installed over the playground. Children's Park will remain open... Read on...
  48. Community Development Block Grant City Council Public Hearing

    Council to Hold Public Hearing on CDBG Action Plan

    The San Marcos City Council is seeking comments on proposed programs and projects to fund through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2021-2022 Action Plan... Read on...
  49. Patio Events to Benefit San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter

    Patio Events to Benefit San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter

    The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) will participate in and benefit from two upcoming events hosted at local businesses. Torchy’s Tacos, 301 N Guadalupe... Read on...
  50. Applications Now Open Coronavirus Relief Grants

    Applications Open for Coronavirus Relief Grants

    Applications are now open for City of San Marcos Coronavirus Relief-General Fund Grants. A total of $640,000 is available through grants that are intended to ... Read on...
  51. NF - Wastewater Rates

    City Council Approves Wastewater Rate Adjustment

    The temporary change in the formula used to calculate residential wastewater rates will ensure City customers are not overcharged as a result of Winter Storm Uri.... Read on...
  52. NF - Arts Master Plan

    City Hosts Virtual Workshop for Arts Master Plan

    Public feedback will help the City examine the market for arts in the area, survey arts and cultural assets, and determine the needs of local arts organizations.... Read on...
  53. texting

    San Marcos Residents Can Text Emergency Info to 9-1-1

    With storm season in full swing, the City of San Marcos is reminding residents that in an emergency they can send text messages to 9-1-1 in the Central Texas area. Read on...
  54. City Seal

    City Council Approves New San Marcos Development Code

    The San Marcos City Council approved Code SMTX, a new 434-page development code that aligns with the City’s comprehensive plan and will guide how... Read on...
  55. NF - SHARED USE PATH

    Final Section of Shared Use Pathway Project Construction to Begin

    Beginning Wednesday, July 28, residents and park patrons will see construction around the railroad trestle between Children’s Park and Rio Vista Park... Read on...