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Stage 4: Water Emergency, Water Restrictions, and Surcharges

Information for residents, car dealers, car washes, golf courses, restaurants, bars, clubs, school cafeterias, pools and water conservation surcharges.
Stage 4 Drought Disaster Restrictions and Requirements

Here is a basic summary of restrictions:

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.

All Stage 1, 2, and 3 water restrictions and requirements remain in place unless modified by Stage 4 restrictions and requirements.

Stage Two Restrictions:

1. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or entity to:
A. Run outside irrigation systems including sprinklers, automatic sprinkler systems and unattended water hoses except on the day of the week permitted for an area as identified on the water rationing zone map.
B. Run any type of outside watering on any day of the week between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except as authorized by subsection (d)(1) of the Conservation Ordinance.
C. Wash any motor vehicle at any location other than a commercial car wash, car dealership, detail shop of automotive shop.
D. Conduct fund raising car washes during the time of the drought warning.
E. Wash sidewalks, driveways or concrete slabs unless an immediate health of safety risk present.
2. Form a Drought Emergency Task Force to guide the remainder of this drought emergency plan and to interface with the public.
3. Every available forum will be used to continue to educate the general public regarding the status of our water supply and to make pleas for water conservation. This can be accomplished by various means including but not limited to news letters; the electronic and printed media; billing statements; closed circuit television bulletin board; eliciting the aid of civic organizations such as service clubs, scouting organizations, etc; working through the public school districts to ask the full support of all classroom teachers.
4. All leaks in the raw water and treatment water system will be repaired immediately, without waiting for the most cost effective time.Mayor's Town Hall 3-8-2011 (8) Web.jpg
Water Pipe Install.gif5. Water pressure from the treatment plants will be reduced to the minimum to maintain 35 pounds per square inch pressure in the distribution system and to provide adequate pressure and flow for fire fighting.
6. All citizens will be encouraged to immediately alter water use habits using the techniques indicated at Appendix 13 in the Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plan.
7. Non-essential operational uses of water by city crews should be suspended (for example: the flushing of water mains and fire hydrants, street sweeping, water jet cleaning of sanitary sewer mains, training of fire fighters, watering by the Parks Dept.).
8. Notify parks Department to reduce watering to once a week. Only enough water to support the trees. Parks Department will allow grass to turn brown.
9. Encourage competitive challenges between neighborhoods, sectors of the society, industries and other groups for reduction of water consumption.
10. Adopt a reduced schedule for outside uses of water for irrigation and other aesthetic purposes.
11. Notify wholesale customers of the situation and ask each to adopt similar reduction goals for their systems in accordance with their individual contracts with the City of Wichita Falls. Pro rata curtailment by wholesale customers will be based upon their contractual limits as provided in the Texas Water Code.
12. Implement water conservation surcharge for excessive use.


Stage Three Restrictions:

Car Dealers
It shall be unlawful for a car dealer to wash its inventory of cars on any day
other than the day the property is authorized to spray irrigate in accordance
with the Water Rationing Zone Map in effect.

Car Washes:
All self-serve and full-service carwashes within the corporate City Limits will
be required to close the car washing portion of their business on one day
each week. The scheduled day of closure shall coincide with the day that car
wash is allowed to spray irrigate, in accordance with the Water Rationing
Zone map.

Unlawful
It shall be unlawful for a car wash to use a nozzle that discharges more than
3.0 gallons per minute.
It shall be unlawful for a car wash to wash any of its bays with water, except
on Sundays.

Public and Private Golf Courses
A) Greens:
●Golf courses may utilize Spray Irrigation on greens at any time for the
purposes of cooling golf course putting surfaces when warranted by weather
conditions and only with run cycles of less than five minutes.
●Golf course greens are exempt from the Spray Irrigation days established
in (d)(1)(b), and greens may be Spray Irrigated any day of the week.

B) Tee-Boxes
●It shall be unlawful for golf courses to Spray Irrigate Tee-Boxes, except on
the day of the week permitted for the area as identified on the Water
Rationing Zone map.
●Golf courses are exempt from the spray irrigation time limitations of Stage
3. Golf courses will continue to be subject to the prohibition of spray
irrigation during the daylight hours between 11a.m. & 6 p.m.

C) Fairways
●It shall be unlawful for golf courses to Spray Irrigate fairways.

Irrigation: Spray, Sprinkler, Drip, Bubbler, Soaker
It shall be unlawful to utilize spray irrigation in any but the following hours:
12 midnight to 5 a.m. for Automatic Sprinkler System
8p.m. to 12 midnight for Hose-End Sprinkler Systems

Definitions:
Spray Irrigate or Spray Irrigation -- a category of irrigation methods that
utilizes devices that spray water away from the device orifice(s). These
include, but are not limited to, pop up sprays, rotors, oscillating sprinklers,
and impact sprinklers. A hand held hose is not Spray Irrigation.

Automatic Sprinkler System -- a system of irrigation components made up of
permanently installed underground PVC lines and spray irrigation devices
that are controlled from an automatic irrigation controller.

Hose-end Sprinkler System -- a device on the end of a garden hose that can
be set in place and periodically moved from one location to another.

Unlawful
It shall be unlawful to operate a soaker hose, bubbler or drip irrigation
system in a manner that causes the delivery of more water than the hose,
bubbler, or system was intended by the manufacturer to deliver.

Definitions: Drip Irrigation and Soaker Hose
Drip Irrigation -- a method of irrigation that applies water in a dropwise
fashion directly to the soil beneath rather than projecting the water in a
stream away from its orifice. To be classified in this category, the maximum
allowable flow is 6 gallons per hour per emitter.

Soaker Hose -- an irrigation device made of permeable rubber hose that
allows water to be applied slowly and directly to the soil without being
sprayed up into the air. Soaker hoses fall into the drip irrigation category. A
soaker hose will not spray water regardless of its orientation.

Unlawful
It shall be unlawful to operate a soaker hose, bubbler or drip irrigation
system in a manner that causes water to run down the curb.

Restaurants / Bars / Clubs / School Cafeterias:
It shall be unlawful for a food establishment to thaw food with water. Food
must be thawed by another method that is approved by the Health Code, i.e.
Refrigeration or Cooking Process.


It shall be unlawful for a food establishment to clean kitchen or food
handling areas with spray hoses. The cleaning of kitchen and food handling
areas shall be accomplished by means of brooms and mops only.

Pools
It shall be unlawful to operate a water feature on a Residential Pool,
including, but not limited to, fountains, water falls, descents, arcs, and
slides.

Definition:
Residential Pool – A pool that is located on private property under the
control of the property owner or the owner’s tenant and that is intended for
use by not more than two residential families and their guests. It includes a
pool serving only a single-family home or duplex.

If repairing a pool, it shall only be drained to a level necessary to effect the
repair, and no further. Owners of pools that follow this restriction will be
allowed to re-fill their pool after the repair.

Definition:
Pool Owner/Operator – Fee title holder of the property upon which the pool
is located, and/or business manager, complex manager, property owners,
association manager, rental agent or other individual who is in charge of the
day to day operation or maintenance of the property.

Owners Operators of pools that are restricted from draining the pool once it
closed for the season.

For a more in depth explanation of the restrictions, go to the next page.



From Sec. 106-186 (of the Wichita Falls City Ordinance). Water shortage; authority of department

(f) Stage 4 - Drought Disaster - 30 Percent Capacity. When mandatory restrictions on non-essential uses does not adequately slow withdrawal of water from the lakes and when the levels of Lakes Arrowhead and Kickapoo reach a combined capacity of 30 percent (or the demand exceeds 120 percent of design treatment capacity, after a Drought Emergency has been declared), or the water supply system is unable to deliver water due to mechanical failure or damage of major water system components (which require more than 12 hours to repair) while a Drought Emergency is in progress, or the water system is contaminated either accidentally or intentionally, or the water system fails from acts of nature or man, a Drought Disaster will be initiated. The Director of Public Works shall impose further mandatory restrictions on non-essential uses of water and essential uses of water. All restrictions from Stage 3 remain in effect, except as specifically modified below. In Stage 4, the following additional restrictions shall apply:

(1) Irrigation:

a. It shall be unlawful to utilize any type of irrigation on any day at any time. This restriction includes all forms of irrigation, including, spray, bubbler, drip, hand-watering, etc.

b. Nursery Plant Stock is exempt from the provisions of subsection (a) of (f) (1) (a).

(2) Large Industries

a. Large Industries will be notified by the City to initiate a Water Audit of their facilities.

b. The Water Audit will include where water is being used within the facilities and where reductions in water usage can be made.

c. Large Industries will have 60 days to conduct the Water Audit and submit a written report to the Director of Public Works detailing the findings of the Water Audit and the percent reduction in water consumption that can be achieved.

d. Each Large Industry will be required to have all internal modifications to implement the water reduction completed and functioning by the time a Combined Lake Level of 20% is reached.

(3) Other / Miscellaneous

a. The watering of Home Foundations is restricted to once a week, on the day the property was authorized to spray irrigate in accordance with the Water Rationing Map.
i. Foundations may only be watered between the hours of 8pm & 12 midnight.
ii. Foundations may only be watered with Soaker Hoses.

b. It shall be unlawful to wash sidewalks, driveways, concrete slabs, any structure or any part of a structure during Stage 4 restrictions.


(4) All Hydrant Meters for contractor use will be pulled and service suspended until conditions return to a Drought Emergency status.

(5) Continue the aggressive public relations and education program.

(g) New Landscape Waiver. A waiver of subsection (d)(1) may be granted for the irrigation of new landscaping plants whereby watering would be permitted to maintain adequate growth until the plants are established but not to exceed a 30-day time period. This waiver will not be available when the combined lake levels are at or below 40 percent. Any person wishing such a waiver must make application to the City Public Works Department and pay a $50.00 nonrefundable fee. The applicant must agree to pay a water rate that is three times the normal rate for that customer for all consumption over 12 CCF as registered by residential meters and all consumption as registered by water-only meters or commercial meters. Persons who desire a waiver for new landscapes shall utilize exclusively water-use efficient trees, shrubs, ground covers, ornamental plants and turf; and are to utilize water-wise horticultural practices, including proper soil preparation and the use of mulch, compost and zonal irrigation systems. These plants and practices may be found on the Texas A & M University (TAMU) web page at http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/xeriscape and in their Xeriscape Bulletin B-1584-7-98, or their replacements. Compost is available from the City Organics Recycling Facility located at the landfill daily through a registered vendor network, and periodically to qualified members of the public on free compost days. Turf, plants and trees with a drought tolerance of good to excellent listed for zones #4 and #7 (as listed by TAMU) meet the requirements of this section. Turf grasses that qualify are Buffalo grass, Zoysia grass and Bermuda grass.

(h) Public and private golf courses.

(1) Golf courses may utilize Spray Irrigation on greens at any time for the purposes of cooling golf course putting surfaces when warranted by weather conditions and only with run cycles of less than five minutes.

(2) Golf course greens are exempt from the Spray Irrigation days established in (d) (1) (b), and greens may be Spray Irrigated any day of the week.

(3) During a Stage 2 Drought Warning (50%- Capacity), it shall be unlawful for golf courses to Spray Irrigate Tee-Boxes and Fairways, except on the day of the week permitted for the area as identified on the Water Rationing Zone map.

(4) During a Stage 3 Drought Emergency (40%- Capacity):

a. it shall be unlawful for golf courses to Spray Irrigate Tee-Boxes, except on the day of the week permitted for the area as identified on the Water Rationing Zone map.

b. golf courses are exempt from the spray irrigation time limitations of Stage 3. Golf courses will continue to be subject to the prohibition of spray irrigation during the daylight hours between 11a.m. & 6 p.m.

c. it shall be unlawful for golf courses to Spray Irrigate fairways.

(5) During a Stage 4 Drought Disaster (30% Capacity)

a. It shall be unlawful to irrigate any and all turf areas on the golf course including greens, tee boxes, and fairways.

b. The Golf Courses will be allowed to utilize the remaining water within their pond system, as they see fit; but, will not be allowed to refill the ponds from the City system, while in a Stage 4 Drought Disaster..

(i) A water conservation surcharge will be applied to all applicable accounts when the 50 percent, 40 percent and 30% trigger levels are reached.

(1) When a Stage 2 Drought Warning is declared (combined lake levels of Arrowhead and Kickapoo are at or below 50%) the surcharges will be:

a. For Residential Water Meters;
$0.50 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) between 10 CCF and 20 CCF,
$1.00 per CCF between 20 CCF and 40 CCF, and
$2.00 per CCF over 40 CCF.

b. For Irrigation Water Meters;
$0.50 per CCF between 0 CCF and 10 CCF,
$1.00 per CCF between 10 CCF and 20 CCF,
$2.00 per CCF between 20 CCF and 40 CCF, and
$4.00 for each CCF over 40 CCF.


(2) When a Stage 3 Drought Emergency is declared (combined lake levels of Arrowhead and Kickapoo are at or below 40%) the surcharges will be:
a. For Residential Water Meters;
$1.00 per CCF between 10 CCF and 20 CCF,
$2.00 per CCF between 20 CCF and 40 CCF, and
$4.00 per CCF over 40 CCF.

b. For Irrigation Water Meters;
$1.00 per CCF between 0 CCF and 10 CCF,
$2.00 per CCF between 10 CCF and 20 CCF,
$4.00 per CCF between 20 CCF and 40 CCF, and
$8.00 per CCF over 40 CCF.


(3) When a Stage 4 Drought Disaster is declared (combined lake levels of Arrowhead and Kickapoo are at or below 30%) the surcharges will be:
a. For Residential Water Meters;
$3.00 per CCF between 10 CCF and 20 CCF,
$6.00 per CCF between 20 CCF and 40 CCF, and
$12.00 per CCF over 40 CCF.

b. For Irrigation Water Meters;
$3.00 per CCF between 0 CCF and 10 CCF,
$6.00 per CCF between 10 CCF and 20 CCF,
$12.00 per CCF between 20 CCF and 40 CCF, and
$24.00 per CCF over 40 CCF.


(4) Surcharges will remain in effect until the City Council announces the end to the restrictions.

(5) Water utilized by commercial nurseries for plant stock production shall not be subject to the surcharges specified herein.

(j) The Director of Public Works shall declare that each "trigger level" has been reached and that the water use restrictions for each respective stage are in effect. The water restrictions will remain in effect until the lakes rise to a level that, when combined with the long-term forecast, assures the city an adequate supply of water. When an adequate supply of water is available, the City Council, by majority vote, and after consultation with the Director of Public Works, shall announce the end to each respective stage of the restrictions.

(k) Water used for irrigation from private wells, aerobic septic systems, wastewater effluent or other non-potable water will be exempt from all drought-related restrictions but must comply with all other City, State and Federal regulations.

(l) Any person, firm, corporation or other entity found in violation of any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of $25.00 for the first offense; not more than $500.00 for the second offense; and not more than $2,000.00 for each offense thereafter. Each day of violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense. Proof of a culpable mental state shall not be required for the first or second offense. In the event that this section is flagrantly violated by repeated offenses, the Director of Public Works is authorized to order the pulling of the customer's water meter until all fees and fines are paid.
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