Castaway Cove to Shut Down Some Features to Comply with Restrictions

Castaway Cove Waterpark, along with the rest of Wichita Falls, is making big changes to comply with stage three water restrictions.

Kevin Hugman, assistant city manager, says, "We will be turning off a number of sprays like in the children's area and in the lazy river area.  The bucket in the children's area, we may or may not (turn off).  There's not as much evaporation because it's not a constant spray."

But the biggest thing the waterpark did..."We've kept the pools full of water," Hugman says.
Not a single drop of water was drained.

The water at the park is recycled, and goes through a filtration system so it can be reused.
"A lot of people think that Castaway Cove uses a lot of water and we really don't.  It's like any pool, you have some loss due to evaporation, but other than that, we're not using as much water as people think we are," Hugman says.

So how much water does Castaway Cove Waterpark use each year?

According to city reports, less than three-hundredths of a percent of the city's total consumption.
Now if we move to stage four water restrictions which, if you remember, is enacted when the combined lake levels are at 30 percent, the water park could see bigger changes.

Those include possibly shutting down.

But, Hugman says city officials want to make sure that doesn't happen because Castaway Cove brings in $1.5 million in revenue each year and provides about 150 jobs during the summer time, so that would be a big loss.

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