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Councilors to Discuss Stage 3 Water Restrictions, Water Reuse Project

Water is the top priority at Tuesday's city council meeting.
     What to do about the city's water woes tops the lists of items city councilors are set to discuss at tomorrow's meeting.
    Lake levels are hovering at 40-percent capacity.
    That's the point when Wichita Falls moves into stage three emergency water restrictions.
    The city and surrounding area are entering the third year of extreme drought conditions.
    These conditions began in 2011 with the worst single year drought in the history of the state.
    Under stage three, major changes include the times you are allowed to water.
    Also, commercial car washes will be required to close one day per week.
    As the drought shows no signs of weakening, councilors will also decide whether to move forward with a project that officials say will save water that once went down the river.
    If they decide to move forward with the temporary water reuse project, which would include a pipe running down Seymour Highway, they could jump the first hurdle of that project tomorrow.
    That's when they'll decide whether or not to award the first part of the project, which totals $300-thousand, to an engineering company.
    Officials say this would be the first of many regulatory hurdles to be crossed, should councilors vote to move forward with recycling treated waste water.
    The project is an unbudgeted item and officials propose using water/sewer reserve funds for the expense.
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