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Lake Levels Hit Record Lows

Despite every effort to conserve water, Lakes Kickapoo and Arrowhead are officially at their lowest combined levels ever. The last time they got this low was nearly 13 years ago.
In October 2000, the combined total of Lakes Kickapoo and Arrowhead dropped to a drastic low: 32.6 percent capacity.

"And then it started raining," Daniel Nix, City of Wichita Falls operations manager, says. "We had a record October rainfall; a record November rainfall. December was average, and then we had a record January rainfall, so we had about three, four months of good rains and that brought us out of the drought."

Today, those levels are even lower.

Lake Arrowhead is now 31 percent full which is slightly down from last weeks level of 31.3 percent.

Kickapoo sits at 35.4 percent, which has dropped almost a full percentage point from last week's 36.3 percent.

The combined total of both lakes now sit at 32.2 percent, down half-a-percentage point from last week's 32.7.

Nix says it will take several months of steady rains to get those levels back where they need to be.

"The extended forecast for September is hot and dry, but the National Weather Service is saying that we may experience a wet fall in October and November."

Nix says conservation methods are working and encourages citizens to continue conserving through the fall.

Wichita Falls remains in stage three drought restrictions, but again, once the combined levels of Arrowhead and Kickapoo reach 30 percent or below, the city will implement stage four water restrictions.
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