Drought Causing Rain Barrels to be in High Demand

- As the City of Wichita Falls gets closer to elevating to Stage 5 drought catastrophe, the chance of rain in the forecast has some taking steps to get their fill of rain water.

Catching rain water has become a necessity for many Texomans who use buckets, one gallon containers or whatever they have on hand.

And now that water restrictions are expected to become even more stringent soon, some Wichita Falls businesses say it's becoming more and more difficult keeping up with the demand for rain barrels.

"We've been completely sold out of these.  At one point, we were even on back order, so we had to wait-- I think it was two weeks for them to come in at one point." says Christian Peterson, live nursery sales specialist at Lowes.

Although these rain barrels are 65 gallons, Lowes and managers at other stores say they have made special orders for water barrels and tanks that hold 200 gallons or more.

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