WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Officials with the City of Wichita Falls said on Monday, October 31, 2022, that rainfall received over the weekend has caused a slight increase in the combined lake capacity, delaying their forecasted activation of drought restrictions.

As of Monday, October 31, 2022, Lake Arrowhead is measuring at 69.2% capacity, up from 68.3% capacity on October 24, an increase of 0.9%.

Lake Kickapoo is also measuring an increase of 0.9% capacity, up to 60% capacity on Monday, October 31, from 59.1% on October 24.

As a result, the combined lake capacity also increased by 0.9%, from 65.8% on October 24 to 66.7% on October 31.

Once the combined lake levels sink to 65%, the city’s Stage 1 Drought Watch will be activated, and water restrictions will begin to take effect.

According to city officials, rainfall received over the weekend of October 28 – 30, 2022, has delayed their prediction of the activation of Stage 1 Drought Watch by at least three weeks.

Originally projected to be activated by the end of October, city officials now believe Stage 1 Drought Watch will be activated sometime around November 21, 2022, without any additional rainfall.

Stage 1 Water Restrictions include changes to outside irrigation, car washing, and restrictions for local restaurants, clubs, bars, and school cafeterias, among many other restrictions.

A full list of all Wichita Falls water restrictions, stage by stage, can be found on our website.

More information on lake levels, water conservation, water restrictions, and tips on conserving water can be found on the City of Wichita Falls website.