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Wichita Falls in Stage 3 Drought Emergency

WICHITA FALLS, Tx_ The City of Wichita Falls is officially in a Stage 3 Drought Emergency.

Public Works Director Russell Schreiber informed the City Council this morning that lake levels are now at or below 40%, triggering the need to call the Stage 3 Drought Emergency. New water restrictions will be in place, in addition to the restrictions put in place during the Stage 2 Drought Warning that affect:

1. Outdoor Irrigation/Watering

2. Car Washes

3. Car Dealers

4. Golf Courses

5. Swimming Pools

6. Restaurants, Bars, Clubs and School Cafeterias

            For complete details go to the City's homepage at wichitafallstx.gov and follow the links under the headline, "City Now in Stage 3 Drought Emergency-Learn More." The website contains a complete description of the new water restrictions, a Watering Zone Map showing which day of the week residents can water, a list of 100 Ways to Save Water and much more. Citizens can also contact the Public Information Office at 761-7401.

            Enforcement of violations will begin Tuesday, February 5th at midnight. Watering is allowed on a resident or business owners designated day only. The most significant changes for city water users:

●Automatic sprinkler systems can only be used from MIDNIGHT TO 5:AM.

●Hose end sprinklers can only be used from 8:PM TO MIDNIGHT.

            Violators will be ticketed. Keep in mind that under Stage 3, in addition to the new water restrictions, there is a new SURCHARGE applied to anyone who uses over ten units of water per month. If someone is watering excessively, fills a swimming pool, has an outdoor water feature, leaks in a toilet, faucet, shower or somewhere in the kitchen, the extra charge could be significant. The City is asking that citizens monitor their water bill and reduce their water use or the extra charge will be applied. Anyone using an irrigation meter, the surcharge begins at zero.

            The Water Hotline is still available for questions or reporting a violation by calling 761-7477 Monday through Friday from 8:am to 5:pm. For reporting violations after hours or on weekends please call 720-5000. By working together we can preserve and protect our remaining water supply.

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