WF Suggests Wholesale Water Customers Follow Stage 4

- Residents and businesses in Wichita Falls have just one more day before all outdoor watering is banned.

But Wichita Falls residents aren't the only ones affected by the changes.

Letters have now been sent to wholesale water purchasers telling them about the stage 4 restrictions in Wichita Falls, and suggesting those customers enact similar plans.

But there is nothing that binds them to ban outside watering, and no additional increases will go into effect because wholesale rates were recently adjusted for wholesale customers.

Although the city is not forcing wholesale buyers to also cut off all outdoor watering, Public Works Director Russell Schreiber says he thinks most cities will make the change.

“I think a lot of them are already doing that, Summer, so I don't think it's going to be a big issue with them, it's more of a house keeping paperwork type of process,” says Schreiber.

Burkburnett officials will meet Friday to discuss their stage four plan but Assistant City Manger Mike Whaley says he feels Burk is already ahead of the game when it comes to water conservation.

“We've been proactive in the use of our affluent water too which i believe is a great advantage for our community and an asset to the Wichita Falls system because we don't have that additional strain on their system,” says Whaley.

Whaley says they will most likely vote on the new rules at their city council meeting Tuesday.

But significant reductions in water use will be difficult for any city now.

Wichita Falls was almost hitting normal winter water numbers this summer, so there is not much more to be saved.

“We know there's no other easy water to curtail out there, we've curtailed all of that at this point that we've totally stopped all irrigation so we are asking the wholesale customers to stay with in their winter months average,” says Schreiber.

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