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Water Restrictions in Nocona

The extreme weather conditions are about to put a strain on residents in Nocona.  Nocona Mayor Robert Fenoglio told Newschannel 6 they are in the voluntary efforts Stage, where citizens are asked to conserve water. But will soon be moving into the mandatory water conservation stage. Residents in Nocona say they'll do whatever they have to do to make sure water is not lacking in their community.

And it's not any different for the city. Montague County Commissioner Steve Howard says crews are not wetting road gravel, which needs to be done to make it more compact; but he says they need to save the water. And more extreme measures will begin in a matter of days.  The city will need to enforce mandatory conservation efforts because Nocona Lake will be below 824 feet for 30 days.

Mayor Fenoglio says, "July 1st we'll be rationing every other day. We're not at the stage where it's bad yet, but if we don't get rain it could get there."  City Councilor Tom Horn says citizens are doing a great job in conserving water.  He says, "We're very proud of our community." Fenoglio says, "We're lucky to have the people we have in Nocona. And if they need to conserve, they will." 

And in case conditions get more extreme, they've already built a new water well.  Horn says it serves, "As a back up to protect the city, make sure the city has water in the event that some catastrophe happens." Fenoglio says citizens may be fined up to $2,000 dollars if they don't comply with Drought Contingency Plans.

Wichita Falls Lake levels are also dropping one percent per week. Public Utilities Operations Manager Daniel Nix says if this continues they may be looking to do conservation efforts in the fall.

 

Jessica Abuchaibe, Newschannel 6.

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