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Annexed Wichita County Residents want Reilly Road Fill Station to Stay Open

While Wichita Falls leaders continue to debate the future of the Reilly Road Water Fill Station, residents living in that annexed portion of Wichita County are worried they will be left high and dry if the station were to close.
While Wichita Falls leaders continue to debate the future of the Reilly Road Water Fill Station, residents living in that annexed portion of Wichita County are worried they will be left high and dry if the station were to close.

Wichita Falls Mayor Glen Barham says he and the city manager met with Wichita County Judge Woody Gossum on Thursday and he says as of now, the fill station will remain open until they hammer out the final details on how to restrict water use.

Residents on the outskirts of Wichita Falls like Randy Roberts say hauling water from the Reilly Road water tower to their homes has been a way of life for many years but they now fear it is all going to change if people keep abusing the fill station.

'They just snap their fingers and say we're going to cut you off all because of somebody else's mistake," Roberts says.

Roberts has lived outside the city limits for over 30 years.

He says his home has no running water so he hauls about 250 gallons from the Reilly Road Water Fill Station every day.

Since Wichita Falls city leaders are considering closing or restricting the fill station, due to folks misusing it, Roberts is afraid of getting cut off.

He says, "The main fear is where does it stop once this gets started. If we let, if the city gets away with just stopping us here and the next place stops us again, eventually we're all worried that we're going to end up out here without any water."

A precious resource Roberts says becomes even more valuable.

"We do not waste water out here. It's not something we do," Roberts says. "Because when you start hauling it, you start understanding how precious it is."

Also, Roberts exclaims, "Let them cut your water off at your home regardless of where you're living at and see how you'll feel. You'll feel like I do."

A feeling of frustration and uncertainty Roberts says he hopes Wichita Falls city leaders will consider before closing or restricting the fill station he has used for many years.

Wichita Falls councilors hope to have something decided by their next council meeting on Oct. 1.

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