Wichita Falls Enters Stage Three Emergency Water Restrictions

    The City of Wichita Falls is now in stage three emergency drought water restrictions.
    City officials are calling the water situation critical.
    The city is entering it's third year of extreme drought conditions.
    These conditions began back in 2011 with the single worst year of drought in the history of the State of Texas, and this has now put the city into a severe water shortage.
    Dorothy Roberts-Burns, Wichita Falls councilor at large, says, "We are in dire need of water.  If we don't cooperate, we are going to be in big trouble, so let's all us work together to save our water."
    Russell Schreiber, Wichita Falls public works director, says, "Please take this opportunity to adjust your sprinkler systems and adjust your habits.  We do need to conserve water.  This is a drought emergency.  As you well know, we're not very far from the hot, long days of summer.  Whatever we can do to conserve and extend our water supply must be done."
    So what does this mean for you?
    You can still only water one day a week on your designated day according to the water zone map.
    If you use an automatic sprinkler system, you can only water between midnight and 5 a.m.
    If you use a hose-end sprinkler system, you can water from 8 p.m. until midnight.
    Also, pool owners cannot operate water features such as fountains or waterfalls on their pools.
    Restaurants, bars, clubs, and school cafeterias cannot use water to thaw food.
    Those establishments also cannot clean their kitchens or food handling areas with spray hoses.
    Car washes must also close one day a week.
    Officials say Tuesday night at 8, all city residents will receive an automated telephone message through the Code Red System officially announcing the emergency restrictions.
    On Wednesday, city employees will start ticketing those who are watering outside their designated times and days.

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