Wichita Falls residents had an opportunity on Tuesday evening to hear from city leaders on the impact stage four water restrictions would have on their community and what the future holds when the restrictions go into place on Saturday.
Dozens showed up to the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall at the MPEC to hear from Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham, Public Works Director Russell Schreiber and other city leaders on what stage four will mean for them, including the future of the Lake Ringgold feasibility study.
Schreiber says, "We need to get our game plan together, we need to get the council on board. Everybody wants to build Lake Ringgold but nobody, there wasn't one question in there about the cost and what that is going to do to the water rates."
Schreiber called the city-wide mayor's town hall forum a success.
He says residents brought up great questions and concerns they have on the future of the city's water supply and also gave ideas as to how to conserve.
Residents say they hope something will be done now to ensure the water supply is secure for generations to come.
Diane Granbery, a Wichita Falls resident, says, "I hope they do look toward the future even when we pull out of a drought that we keep some of those restrictions in place because why waste water. We need to conserve it all the time."
Wichita Falls resident Leslie Craig says "I personally feel like they should of enacted stage four a little earlier because watering grass and everything else, grass comes back. I can see keeping your trees but grass comes back.
City officials says if the community has any questions on stage four, to call them at 940.761.7477.
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