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City of Wichita Falls Expects to Enter Stage 4: Drought Disaster Saturday

Lake levels are now at the 30% capacity mark and the city of Wichita Falls expects to be under a Stage 4 Drought Disaster Saturday.
Lake levels are now at the 30% capacity mark and the city of Wichita Falls expects to be under a Stage 4 Drought Disaster Saturday.

What does this mean for you?

Stage four is our last stage of water restrictions and will have the greatest impact on residents and businesses. 

The new restrictions include:

1. Total ban on all outdoor irrigation/watering (no matter what type of hose or device).
2. A home foundation may be watered using only soaker hose, from 8:pm to midnight, on the designated day to water for the property.
3. It is unlawful to wash sidewalks, driveways or structures.
4. The surcharge triples for any amount of water used over ten units. The charge will be $3 per unit used over ten units. This charge increases as additional units are used.
5. All hydrant meters for contractor use will be pulled and service suspended until conditions return to a Drought Emergency status.
6. It shall be unlawful to irrigate any and all turf areas on golf courses including greens, tee boxes, and fairways using water from the City system.
7. Large industries will be required to conduct an internal water audit to see if there are additional water conservation efforts they can undertake and submit a report to City Staff within 60 days. Changes must be implemented by the time combined lake levels reach 20%.
8. The City will continue an aggressive public relations and education program.

Visit the Every Drop Counts section of our website to find useful information, such as ways to save water, general water stories from around Texoma, and more in depth details on stage 4 restrictions.

View the press conference announcing Stage Four here: http://tx-wichitafalls2.civicplus.com/MediaCenter.aspx
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