Pool Managers Learn How Possible Stage 5 Water Restrictions May Impact Them

The Wichita Falls City Council has not decided on what possible stage five water restrictions would mean for residents.

However, on Wednesday afternoon, health department officials let pool managers for apartment complexes and public swimming pools know how they might be affected if the drought continues to worsen.

Susan Morris, Environmental Health Administrator at the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District, says they want to provide some direction for pool managers now in case stage five kick in this summer.

Morris says pools in the city would be affected.

"City staff has recommended that if stage five happens that city water not be put into swimming pools to refill or to fill," Morris says.

Jessica Hulett is one of the many property managers who showed up to the meeting.

She manages Wellington on the Lake Apartments and hopes residents who live there are able to beat the heat in the pool this summer.

"I know a lot of the residents do enjoy the pool during the summer and if we couldn't keep it open, maybe we would of tried to do other things to keep the residents cool and comfortable and happier," Hulett says.

In addition, Morris says if the city hits stage five water restrictions and pool managers had already paid for pool permits, they would not get a refund.

'If they wanted to wait until after Memorial Day or around Memorial Day to pay those fees to see if they wanted to open, that we would not charge late fees," Morris says.

Hulett says, "That's actually something that I'm considering, maybe waiting it out another month or two to see if we do hit stage five and deciding from there if we are going to go ahead and open it or not."

A decision she says would be easy to make if rain would finally return to Texoma.

Morris says the possible stage five water restrictions on swimming pools would also apply to homeowners and public facilities.

When it comes to businesses like Castaway Cove, Mayor Glenn Barham has said if the city enters stage five the water park would not open.

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