Rain Didn't Do Much for Lake Levels

- Checking the latest lake levels has become part of Jim Cadotte's daily routine.

He's the general manager of All American Car Wash, a business that would have to find another water source to stay in business if lakes Kickapoo and Arrowhead hit a combined 20% capacity.

"It's kind of frustrating," Cadotte says. "We've had great weather this week, wonderful, and our lake levels are, for the most part, steady. We're a little bit up on Lake Arrowhead, a little bit down on Lake Kickapoo. You'd hope to see in a week like this our levels go up, but unfortunately, I think the rain has missed our watershed a bit. Great for the yards, but not so good for our lake levels."

As Cadotte watches the lake levels fluctuate, he and other members of the All American team continue to look for outside water sources.

One option they're mulling: hauling in well water.

"The water isn't really expensive, certainly we're not using the community resources when we do that, but there's still an expense, a great expense: One, setting up the tanks to do it, plumbing it into your systems, and then the diesel fuel to get it here," Cadotte says.

He says the company hopes to nail down an outside water source soon, and finalize their drought contingency plan regardless if lake levels do reach 20 percent.

Just a reminder, when stage five water restrictions started in Wichita Falls back in May, car washes were forced to close down two days each week: Sundays and Mondays.

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