Wichita Falls Water Users Fall Short of Conservation Goal

In the last two days, Wichita Falls water users surpassed the daily water use goal. When the city hit stage 5, the goal was lowered to no more than 14 million gallons in hopes residents would make sure every drop counted.

But on Monday, 14.2 million gallons of water was used. Then Tuesday, it jumped to 15.6 million gallons. From Sunday to Monday, the number of gallons used jumped again by 2.5 million gallons.

Operations Manager Daniel Nix says this is the first time in 12 months, the city has not reached its goal.

Now, in case you were wondering how much water was used in the good old days before restrictions, go back to 2001. In July, daily use was from 40 to more than 50 million gallons per day. Even as recently as June of 2010, when we had some good rain, daily use was 26 million gallons.

Before the drought, talk of water restrictions centered on exceeding the production capacity of the water plants, not of running out of water.

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