Vernon Aquatic Center Opening Despite Drought

- The Vernon Aquatic Center is opening this weekend, and with the drought, some are asking if the park should open.

"I don't think it needs to open myself," says Vernon resident John A. Morris.

Vernon is in stage four water restrictions which limits outdoor watering to designated hours and days, by hand or with soaker and drip hoses only. But some residents think the city could conserve more.

Morris's wife, Geneva, says she sees people watering their grass and just let it run down the street.

Although some could conserve more, with these hot summer months, Mayor Rogers says kids need something to do.

"I do think we need to open the aquatic center. I think kids need a place to go in the summertime. It's so hot here without a place to go. For our youth, I think we need to if there's any way possible," Rogers says.

Vernon is using city well water for the aquatic center, but Mayor Rogers says they will be trying to drill more wells so Vernon will be able to move out of stage four restrictions and back to stage three. Thursday night, Vernon city council will discuss the proposed panhandle pipeline that some hope will bring water to Vernon, Wichita Falls and other cities.

Mayor Rogers says this could take up to ten years, but he believes it would be worth the wait. We'll post updated information after the meeting tonight at 6:30.

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