Cities Under Water Restrictions Grows, Byers is the Latest to Join

Prayers for rain continue as water restrictions continue to strengthen across Texoma.

Byers is now under mandatory restrictions.

Newschannel 6 asked Byers residents how they feel about the mandatory restrictions and they told Newschannel 6 they support the City 100%. They will abide by the restrictions to help take care of a problem before it gets worse.

C.M. Erwin has lived in Byers for nearly 70 years and says this is the worst drought he has seen. He also thinks conditions will get worse before they get better.

Erwin said, "It is going to get serious if it doesn't rain. If everybody will chip in and hold down on using water, we can make it through this."

As of Tuesday holding back on water became a mandatory measure.

Byers gets 50% of its water from the Dean-Dale Water District.

Byers city officials say they got a notification from Dean-Dale asking for a mandatory water watch.

Under the new restrictions residents are only allowed to water landscaped areas on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and only from 7p.m. to 10a.m.

This proactive approach has C.M. Erwin feeling the city of Byers is working toward a good plan to conserve.

The Mayor of Byers says the City is in constant communication with residents and will continue to update them as things change.

Communication is key, and residents say this because they see the City of Byers is one big family.

Newschannel 6 reached out to Dean-Dale Water District officials, asking why they are urging their customers to take these mandatory measures. Newschannel Six was told their water source is not significantly low, but they felt it was important to start taking a more aggressive approach.

The City of Byers only gets half of their water source from Dean-Dale, the other half comes from water wells in the area.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel Six