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Pool Company Owner Adapting Services for Elevated Water Restrictions

Proposed Stage 5 recommendations for swimming pools is flooding one Wichita Falls pool service owner with concerns.
The dreaded next stage of water restrictions for Wichita Falls water users may be enacted at next Tuesday's city council meeting. The agenda for that meeting is now available and it includes recommendations on new restrictions for swimming pools and  car washes and increases in water surcharges.

During the city's Stage 5 Drought Catastrophe the biggest pool changes the city's Water Resource Commission plans to recommend to city councilors is that it be unlawful to fill, refill or add city potable water to private or public swimming, wading or jacuzzi-type pools, spas and hot-tubs. Indoor pools are exempt.

The new restrictions have one pool service owner concerned and turning to more maintenance and repair work.

"Last year, people were less prepared as they are now and our business was off two thirds so I would say it has made a major impact on our business right now.  As far as new work, that's pretty slow.  Liner replacements, service work.  Those aspects of our business are pretty good right now," says Allen Hatcher, owner of Hatcher Pools.

Right now, residents can enjoy their swimming pools but that will be harder to do once Stage 5 water restrictions take effect. Although indoor pools, like one at the YMCA in downtown Wichita Falls, will be exempt, fill or refilling outdoor pools and spas will not be allowed unless the pool owner uses well water or pays to have water hauled in. So, after 32 years in the pool business, Hatcher is already making plans to adapt his services to keep his business afloat.

"We have purchased a water retainage system to drain the pools that we need to work on.  We can retain the water and when we get complete with the job we can pump their water back into their pool at a very minimal cost," Hatcher explains.

Wichita Falls city leaders will be presented with Stage 5 Drought Catastrophe recommendations during Tuesday morning's city council meeting. If you like to check out the list of Stage 5 recommendations and compare them to previous stages, click on the following link.

http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/documents/2/71/444/CC%20AGN%202014-04-15_201404091315235413.pdf

The Modified Water Conservation Drought Contingency Rules starts at Page 20.

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