The lakes are low and Wichita Falls city officials say it's time to get serious. Daniel Nix, Wichita Falls City Operations Manager said, "I think you need to be aware, I think you need to be concerned, and I think you should be educated."
Soon city officials could declare a drought emergency which would begin stage 3 drought restrictions, which has never happened before.
And when stage 3 restrictions take effect this is what you can expect:
-Car dealers will only be able to wash cars during the day designated in the water rationing zone map.
-Car washes must close down shop one day a week.
-Golf courses will only be allowed to water their greens and tee-boxes
restaurants and bars will no longer be able to thaw food with water.
-And for folks at home will continue to stick to your day watering in accordance with the water rationing zone map, but your time for water will be limited.
-Automatic sprinkler systems will only be able to be used from midnight to 5 a.m. And hand watering can only be done from 8 pm to midnight.
It's the city's hope that these restrictions will reduce the total use of water by 35 percent. And while the city is gearing up for stage 3 they are even looking ahead in case things get even worse.
"I hope we don't get to stage 4 but we are planning for stage four," Nix said.
And city officials say if weather patterns continue they expect the stage 3 restrictions to take effect in the next couple weeks.
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