Business Owners React to Elimination of Drought Restrictions

For the first time in four years Wichita Falls is no longer under any drought restrictions, that’s after the unanimous decision by city councilors.

“I think it’s the right decision. We have plenty of water in the resevoirs, they continue to spill today. We had another what 2-3 inches last night so we might as well use that water before it gets away from us.” public works director Russell Schreiber said.

At the previous meeting, city councilors moved the city from Stage 3 Drought Emergency to Stage 2 Drought Warning, and the decision to remove drought restrictions altogether came after the water resources commission met.

“We did take a vote to recommend to the council that all restrictions be removed. That vote was unanimous among all of the members of the committee,” Water Resources Commission chairman Steve Smith said.

“It releases us to do all kids of different work, sidewalks to landscaping to tree planting,” Shade Tree nursery owner Cattie Jackson said.

Jackson was all smiles after the council vote.

“Just the water restrictions in general slows our business down. There’s something there, the public gets really nervous with just restrictions but now with the city behind us we’re going to be preaching more water conservation,” Jackson said. 

Jackson said on Tuesday morning alone he had already booked 50 jobs, and he’s excited to see more and more customers purchasing plants knowing they can keep them alive by watering them when they need it.

Just reminder, the drought restrictions are over, but the permanent water use rules remain.

Those permanent water restrictions were put in place in the early 2000’s and they will always remain in place and the various drought restrictions come into place when we go into the different drought stages.

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