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  • One Year Later: Water Reuse Project

    One Year Later: Water Reuse Project

    Thursday, July 9 2015 7:53 PM EDT2015-07-09 23:53:43 GMT
    Thursday, July 9 2015 8:10 PM EDT2015-07-10 00:10:51 GMT
    After a year of the temporary water reuse project being online officials are getting ready to take it offline.
    After a year of the temporary water reuse project being online officials are getting ready to take it offline.
  • Drought Watch: Will Snow and El Nino Bring Relief To Texoma?

    Drought Watch: Will Snow and El Nino Bring Relief To Texoma?

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 8:46 AM EST2014-11-18 13:46:09 GMT
    Tuesday, November 18 2014 8:49 AM EST2014-11-18 13:49:32 GMT
    If you thought a wet winter was going to help Texoma bust the drought, think again. Lakes Arrowhead and Kickapoo currently sit at a combined 21 percent and officials at the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma said that number may likely decrease by the end of the year.
    If you thought a wet winter was going to help Texoma bust the drought, think again. Lakes Arrowhead and Kickapoo currently sit at a combined 21 percent and officials at the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma said that number may likely decrease by the end of the year.
  • Car Washes Face Possible Shut Off

    Car Washes Face Possible Shut Off

    Monday, October 27 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-10-27 21:40:39 GMT
    Monday, October 27 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-10-27 22:03:47 GMT
    Wichita Falls car washes could soon be banned from using city water.
    Wichita Falls car washes could soon be banned from using city water.
  • SOAR Officials Cloud Seeded

    SOAR Officials Cloud Seeded

    Thursday, September 18 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-09-18 23:20:46 GMT
    Thursday, September 18 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-09-18 23:20:47 GMT
    SOAR officials took to the skies on Thursday in an attempt to bring more rain to Texoma.
    SOAR officials took to the skies on Thursday in an attempt to bring more rain to Texoma.
  • DROUGHT WATCH: Water Reuse Project Almost Online

    DROUGHT WATCH: Water Reuse Project Almost Online

    Monday, June 30 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-07-01 03:45:18 GMT
    Monday, June 30 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-07-01 03:45:18 GMT
    Texas officials give the go ahead on the Water Reuse Project, but it won't be online for another 2 weeks. 
    Texas officials give the go ahead on the Water Reuse Project, but it won't be online for another 2 weeks. 
  • Drought Watch: Henrietta Moving To Stage 5

    Drought Watch: Henrietta Moving To Stage 5

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-06-11 01:27:15 GMT
    Tuesday, June 10 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-06-11 01:27:15 GMT
    Henrietta becomes the latest Texoma city to move into Stage 5 Water Restrictions. The new rules will go into effect on Saturday June 14th.Here is a list of the new restrictions approved by the Henrietta City Council;City Water cannot be used for the following:1.Outdoor irrigation of any and all areas using any type of hose-end sprinkler, automatic sprinkler system, soaker hoses, drip irrigation or handheld hose,2. washing any vehicle or mobile equipment,3. fill, refill, or add to privately ow...
    Henrietta becomes the latest Texoma city to move into Stage 5 Water Restrictions. The new rules will go into effect on Saturday June 14th.Here is a list of the new restrictions approved by the Henrietta City Council;City Water cannot be used for the following:1.Outdoor irrigation of any and all areas using any type of hose-end sprinkler, automatic sprinkler system, soaker hoses, drip irrigation or handheld hose,2. washing any vehicle or mobile equipment,3. fill, refill, or add to privately ow...
  • Drought Watch: Olney Car Wash Open 5 Days

    Drought Watch: Olney Car Wash Open 5 Days

    Monday, June 9 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-06-10 03:43:57 GMT
    Monday, June 9 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-06-10 03:43:57 GMT
    The City Council in Olney had water on their agenda Monday night. The Council took a close look at the City's two water sources. 
    The City Council in Olney had water on their agenda Monday night. The Council took a close look at the City's two water sources. 
  • Lake Levels Drop Again

    Lake Levels Drop Again

    Monday, May 19 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-05-20 02:49:14 GMT
    Monday, May 19 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-05-20 02:49:14 GMT
    Wichita Falls lake levels have dropped again.The combined levels for Lake Arrowhead and Lake Kickapoo have fallen this week to 24.9%On Saturday Stage 5 Drought Catastrophe restrictions were activated for Wichita Falls water customers and bulk water cities.Lake levels have been on a steady decline since last October.
    Wichita Falls lake levels have dropped again.The combined levels for Lake Arrowhead and Lake Kickapoo have fallen this week to 24.9%On Saturday Stage 5 Drought Catastrophe restrictions were activated for Wichita Falls water customers and bulk water cities.Lake levels have been on a steady decline since last October.
  • Only On 6: Stage 5: What's Next?

    Only On 6: Stage 5: What's Next?

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:17 AM EDT2014-05-14 04:17:50 GMT
    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:17 AM EDT2014-05-14 04:17:50 GMT
    After Stage 5 restrictions kick in, is there a Stage 6 in the works? What we found out. 
    After Stage 5 restrictions kick in, is there a Stage 6 in the works? What we found out. 
  • Drought Affecting MSU

    Drought Affecting MSU

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:21 PM EDT2014-04-11 03:21:57 GMT
    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:21 PM EDT2014-04-11 03:21:57 GMT
    The lack of rain in Texoma is impacting safety and possible growth at Midwestern State University. 
    The lack of rain in Texoma is impacting safety and possible growth at Midwestern State University. 
  • Stage 5 Car Wash Restrictions

    Stage 5 Car Wash Restrictions

    Stage 5 Car Wash Restrictions

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 8:37 PM EDT2014-04-09 00:37:46 GMT
    Tuesday, April 8 2014 8:37 PM EDT2014-04-09 00:37:46 GMT
    As Texoma continues to be devastated by a drought, Wichita Falls could add another stage to it's drought contingency plan.
    As Texoma continues to be devastated by a drought, Wichita Falls could add another stage to it's drought contingency plan.
  • Lakes Levels Continue To Drop

    Lakes Levels Continue To Drop

    The current combined total for Lakes Arrowhead and Kickapoo is 26.6%. 
    The current combined total for Lakes Arrowhead and Kickapoo is 26.6%. 
  • All Dried Up

    All Dried Up

    The drought is continuing to reek havoc in Texoma. More and more trees are dieing from the lack of water.
    The drought is continuing to reek havoc in Texoma. More and more trees are dieing from the lack of water.
  • Cloud Seeding Funds Approved By WF City Council

    Cloud Seeding Funds Approved By WF City Council

    Wichita Falls City Council approved the funding of the cloud seeding project.
    Wichita Falls City Council approved the funding of the cloud seeding project.
  • Cloud Seeding Vote

    Cloud Seeding Vote

    Monday, February 17 2014 11:07 AM EST2014-02-17 16:07:06 GMT
    Monday, February 17 2014 11:07 AM EST2014-02-17 16:07:06 GMT
    As the drought worsens in Texoma, Wichita Falls city leaders are continuing to look for options to help the situation. 
    As the drought worsens in Texoma, Wichita Falls city leaders are continuing to look for options to help the situation. 
  • Cloud Seeding

    Cloud Seeding

    The City of Wichita Falls is looking into a highly debatable technology to try to make it rain. It’s called cloud seeding. 
    The City of Wichita Falls is looking into a highly debatable technology to try to make it rain. It’s called cloud seeding. 
  • Drought Watch: Tree Sales Drying Up

    Drought Watch: Tree Sales Drying Up

    More presents might be put under artificial Christmas trees this year because of the drought. Even though a fresh cut tree in your home might give you the Christmas feel, the fact is that sales are down.
    More presents might be put under artificial Christmas trees this year because of the drought. Even though a fresh cut tree in your home might give you the Christmas feel, the fact is that sales are down.
  • Lake Arrowhead Cleanup

    Lake Arrowhead Cleanup

    Low levels at Lake Arrowhead are obviously bad news for the city's water supply.  However, the low levels allow for cleanup of well used areas of the lake, such as the fishing pier and boat dock.
    Low levels at Lake Arrowhead are obviously bad news for the city's water supply.  However, the low levels allow for cleanup of well used areas of the lake, such as the fishing pier and boat dock.
  • Proposition 6 Water Conference

    Proposition 6 Water Conference

    Proposition 6 was passed in the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election in November allowing the state to use rainy day funds to help local governments with water projects.
    Proposition 6 was passed in the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election in November allowing the state to use rainy day funds to help local governments with water projects.
  • Wichita Falls Water Surcharge Answers

    Wichita Falls Water Surcharge Answers

    With Stage Four Drought Restrictions in effect, Wichita Falls residents who use a lot of water in their homes will end up paying the price.
    With Stage Four Drought Restrictions in effect, Wichita Falls residents who use a lot of water in their homes will end up paying the price.
  • Burkburnett: Stage 4 Drought Restrictions to Begin Monday

    Burkburnett: Stage 4 Drought Restrictions to Begin Monday

    The City of Burkburnett will be entering Stage 4 Drought Restrictions on Monday, November 25th.
    The City of Burkburnett will be entering Stage 4 Drought Restrictions on Monday, November 25th.
  • Drought Watch: National Weather Service

    Drought Watch: National Weather Service

    The action to move into Stage 4: Drought Disaster has reached outside of Texoma.
    The National Weather Service Office in Norman, OK held a special drought webinar today.
  • Drought Watch: Coming Out of Stage 4

    Drought Watch: Coming Out of Stage 4

    Stage 4: Drought Disaster restrictions go into effect on Saturday, November 16. The combined lake levels are at 30.0 percent, but what if the lake levels go back above 30 percent next week. Would we go
    The combined lake levels are at 30.0 percent, but what if the lake levels go back above 30 percent next week. Would we go back into Stage 3?
  • Wichita Falls City Water Cutbacks

    Wichita Falls City Water Cutbacks

    The city of Wichita Falls is taking even bigger strives to cut back its water usage within the cities departments.
    The city of Wichita Falls is taking even bigger strives to cut back its water usage within the cities departments.
  • Drought Watch: Landscapers Among Those Hit Hardest With New Restrictions

    Drought Watch: Landscapers Among Those Hit Hardest With New Restrictions

    With the ban on outside irrigation beginning Saturday, landscaping companies are among those hit hardest by the Stage 4 Drought restrictions.
    With the ban on outside irrigation beginning Saturday, landscaping companies are among those hit hardest by the Stage 4 Drought restrictions.
  • Drought Watch: Ways for Residents to Conserve

    Drought Watch: Ways for Residents to Conserve

    With Stage 4 Drought Disaster restrictions going into effect, there are ways Wichita Falls residents can conserve at home.
    With Stage 4 Drought Disaster restrictions going into effect, there are ways Wichita Falls residents can conserve at home.
  • Drought Watch: Wildlife In The Lakes

    Drought Watch: Wildlife In The Lakes

    Many people are concerned about the water restrictions because of our current drought situation, but the truth is we aren't the only ones feeling the heat.  Wildlife in the lakes is also being affected.
    Many people are concerned about the water restrictions because of our current drought situation, but the truth is we aren't the only ones feeling the heat.  Wildlife in the lakes is also being affected.
  • Drought Watch: Feed Stores Hit Hard

    Drought Watch: Feed Stores Hit Hard

    Business has been significantly declining for Texoma feed stores due to the drought.  
    Business has been significantly declining for Texoma feed stores due to the drought.  
  • Drought Watch: Changing the Fight Against Fires

    Drought Watch: Changing the Fight Against Fires

    The Wichita Falls Fire Department battled a fire on Iowa Park Road Tuesday. But, in an effort to save water they watched the debris smolder.
    The Wichita Falls Fire Department battled a fire on Iowa Park Road Tuesday. But, in an effort to save water they watched the debris smolder.
  • Drought Watch: Iowa Park Residents See New Water Restrictions

    Drought Watch: Iowa Park Residents See New Water Restrictions

    Iowa park residents are having to make changes to conserve more water. City Council members voted on more surcharges, in addition to the new restrictions that passed July 1st.
    Iowa park residents are having to make changes to conserve more water. City Council members voted on more surcharges, in addition to the new restrictions that passed July 1st.
  • Firefighters Use Little Water to Battle Grassfire's

    Firefighters Use Little Water to Battle Grassfire's

    The Wichita Falls Fire Department was called out numerous times for grass fires Thursday, but they managed to use very little water.
    The Wichita Falls Fire Department was called out numerous times for grass fires Thursday, but they managed to use very little water.
  • "Ready-Set-Go"

    "Ready-Set-Go"

    The Wichita Falls Fire Department is continuing their free program Thursday for citizens who live in high-risk wildfire areas.
    The Wichita Falls Fire Department held a program called "Ready-Set-Go", teaching residents life and property saving techniques in case of a wildfire.
  • Drought Watch: Lake Litter Proves Costly

    Drought Watch: Lake Litter Proves Costly

    Due to the drought, water in the lakes has been receding and revealing a large amount of trash and debris left behind by visitors, and its costing the city a lot of money to clean it up.
    Due to the drought, water in the lakes has been receding and revealing a large amount of trash and debris left behind by visitors, and its costing the city a lot of money to clean it up.
  • Water Well Testing

    Water Well Testing

    Public health officials are urging residents to get their water wells tested.
    Public health officials are urging residents to get their water wells tested.
  • Drought Watch: Burkburnett Faces Deadline

    Drought Watch: Burkburnett Faces Deadline

    The Burkburnett Board of Commissioners discussed the water supply and conservation efforts. The city is being asked to reduce their consumption or face having their water supply drastically reduced.
    The Burkburnett Board of Commissioners discussed the water supply and conservation efforts. The city is being asked to reduce their consumption or face having their water supply drastically reduced.
  • Drought Watch: Necessary Water Waste

    Drought Watch: Necessary Water Waste

    Thousands of gallons of water were flushed from the distribution system Wednesday, to maintain water quality. But, none of it was captured to be re-used and residents wanted to know why.
    Thousands of gallons of water were flushed from the distribution system Wednesday, to maintain water quality. But, none of it was captured to be re-used and residents wanted to know why.
  • Drought Takes A Toll On Lawn Care Businesses

    Drought Takes A Toll On Lawn Care Businesses

    At the beginning of the year business was booming with new customers requesting to get their lawns manicured but all that changed in April.
    At the beginning of the year business was booming with new customers requesting to get their lawns manicured but all that changed in April.
  • Water Wells Not A Good Option For WF

    Water Wells Not A Good Option For WF

    Wichita Falls leaders have been looking for ways to find more water for residents during this drought but drilling water wells around the city is not an option right now.

    Wichita Falls leaders have been looking for ways to find more water for residents during this drought but drilling water wells around the city is not an option right now.

  • Conservation Crackdown

    Conservation Crackdown

    Conservation Crackdown

    A new report shows not every community that's buying water from Wichita Falls is meeting it's required water reduction mark.  A look at what city is at the bottom of the list.
    A new report shows not every community that's buying water from Wichita Falls is meeting it's required water reduction mark. What city is at the bottom of the list, and what the city has to say about it.
  • Cities Conservation Measures

    Cities Conservation Measures

    click the name of the area you are interested in to jump directly to it Archer City Bowie Byers Crowell Dean-Dale Water District Electra Henrietta Graham King County Lake Arrowhead Nocona Olney Petrolia
    Click here for a list of current cities reporting conservation measures.
  • Ranchers Continue To Struggle In Drought

    Ranchers Continue To Struggle In Drought

    The current drought continues to put Texoma rancher's livelihood in hot water. Rancher Warren Reid relies on dug up tanks to store rain water so his cattle can drink it. The problem is the drought has
    The current drought continues to put Texoma rancher's livelihood in hot water.
  • Drought Watch: Dead Tree Fines

    Drought Watch: Dead Tree Fines

    Unseasonably warm temperatures and serious lack of rain are giving property owners additional grief. Trees are dying and in some cases falling down. Tree limbs and debris can be found in yards all over,
    Trees across Texoma are falling victim to the drought. And property owners in Wichita Falls can be fined, if branches start piling up in their yards and aren't cleaned up.
  • Drought Watch: Archer City

    Drought Watch: Archer City

    Archer City will enact Stage 3 Drought Emergency Restrictions first thing Thursday.
    Archer City will enact Stage 3 Drought Emergency Restrictions first thing Thursday.
  • Texas Cattle Numbers Drop, Drought Partly To Blame

    Texas Cattle Numbers Drop, Drought Partly To Blame

    Cattle numbers in Texas are still in a down spiral that doesn't seem to have an end. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has revealed the state has lost more than one million cows in the last three years.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has revealed the state has lost more than one million cows in the last three years. That's a 22 percent decrease.
  • Drought Watch: Iowa Park

    Drought Watch: Iowa Park

    The City Council in of Iowa Park is expected to implement the next stage of drought restrictions at Monday night's regular meeting.
    The City Council in of Iowa Park is expected to implement the next stage of drought restrictions at Monday night's regular meeting.
  • Drought Affects Farmer's Livelihood

    Drought Affects Farmer's Livelihood

    The owner of Morath Orchards Jimmy Morath has been planting fruits and vegetables for about 30 years and he says he's never seen a drought this bad. He's spent a pretty hefty amount of money in an underground
    The owner of Morath Orchards Jimmy Morath has been planting fruits and vegetables for about 30 years and he says he's never seen a drought this bad.
  • Electra Reaches Stage 3 Of Drought Restrictions

    Electra Reaches Stage 3 Of Drought Restrictions

    Electra residents could end up paying more money for every drop of water. On Wednesday the town went into stage 3 of drought restrictions and businesses there are making big changes. "It's a little
    On Wednesday the city of Electra went into stage 3 of drought restrictions and businesses there are making big changes.
  • Texomans Could Be Wasting Hundreds Of Gallons Of Water A Month

    Texomans Could Be Wasting Hundreds Of Gallons Of Water A Month

    Many Texomans aren't having any trouble pitching in to conserve water during this drought. "Well I'm not watering my yard or shrubs, I'm just letting it go and I'm not washing my car or washing the sidewalks
    City officials say in Texas an average person uses 200 gallons of water every day.
  • Wichita Falls Now At Stage 3

    Wichita Falls Now At Stage 3

    Stage 3 water restrictions will go into effect in Wichita Falls at midnight tonight. Wichita Falls city staff informed councilors that lake levels have fallen to the triggering level for emergency stage
    The City of Wichita Falls is officially in a Stage 3 Drought Emergency.
  • Drought Watch: Recycled Waste Water

    Drought Watch: Recycled Waste Water

    The Temporary Water Reuse Program will pump treated waste water from River Road to the Cypress water treatment plant. There it will undergo reverse osmosis and the same treatment as water from Lakes
    The Temporary Water Reuse Program will pump treated waste water from River Road to the Cypress water treatment plant. There it will undergo reverse osmosis and the same treatment as water from Lakes Kickapoo and Arrowhead.
  • Water Wells Become Hot Ticket Items In Drought

    Water Wells Become Hot Ticket Items In Drought

    If you leave water running in your yard or spray your plants everyday, you will probably get a hefty fine especially when Wichita Falls hits Stage 3 Drought Emergency next week. That's unless the water
    Water wells are the popular thing to have during this drought and you don't have to go through a lot of red tape to get one.
  • Drought Watch: Dead Tree Dangers

    Drought Watch: Dead Tree Dangers

    As Stage 3 Drought Emergency gets even closer in Wichita Falls, Newschannel 6 is still looking out for you and your safety. One of the biggest concerns during this multi-year drought is plants dying in
    As Stage 3 Drought Emergency gets even closer in Wichita Falls, Newschannel 6 is still looking out for you and your safety.
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  • Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump

    Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump

    Saturday, February 17 2018 11:00 PM EST2018-02-18 04:00:42 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 12:52 AM EST2018-02-19 05:52:15 GMT
    Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.
    Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.
  • Trump criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

    Trump criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

    Sunday, February 18 2018 12:00 AM EST2018-02-18 05:00:33 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 12:41 AM EST2018-02-19 05:41:47 GMT

    President Donald Trump is criticizing the FBI over its handling of a tip on the suspect in the Florida school shooting, says bureau spending too much time on Russia probe.

    President Donald Trump is criticizing the FBI over its handling of a tip on the suspect in the Florida school shooting, says bureau spending too much time on Russia probe.

  • Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

    Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

    Saturday, February 17 2018 4:10 PM EST2018-02-17 21:10:10 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 12:41 AM EST2018-02-19 05:41:18 GMT

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.

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