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How Much Water Does Wichita Falls Have Left?

Lake levels are hovering around 26 percent this week, the rain has delayed the stage 5 restrictions, set to kick in at 25 percent.
Lake levels are hovering around 26 percent this week, the rain has delayed the stage 5 restrictions, set to kick in at 25 percent.

But what do those lake levels actually mean for our supply?

The city monitors lake levels closely,  but to make sure the calculations are as accurate as possible,  a consulting company was hired to produce a model on a worse case scenario scale, making predictions based on one of the hottest summers ever recorded mixed with the most days over 100 degrees ever recorded.

And their latest study shows, even under the worse condition, they won't be running completely out for a while.

“If 2011 were to repeat itself, we'd have at least, at least 24 months of water left,” says Wichita Falls' Public Works Director Russell Schreiber.

The study doesn't add in any rainfall, and city leaders think the chance of getting no rain fall is very unlikely.

“The temperatures are already cooler than they were in 2011, I don't think were gonna have a repeat of that, I think we're gonna be fine,” says Schreiber.

Another factor added into the study is current water usage through water conservation, as Wichita Falls has enacted tougher water restrictions than ever before, and has a plan to recycle some of it's supply.

“That's assuming that our current demands stay the way they are at 15 mgd and we get the reuse project online,” says Schreiber.
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