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Wichita Falls Still In Stage One: Drought Watch

Texas' 2011 worst one year drought on record caused several Texoma towns to implement water restrictions.

Wichita Falls has been under a Stage One: Drought Watch plan since August 2, 2011. Lake Arrowhead levels are at 56.3 %, Lake Kickapoo levels are at 50.3% and combined total of 54.7%, which is keeping the city in Stage One: Drought Watch.

The city's year round watering restrictions are still in place. Outside watering can be done using either an automatic or manual sprinkler system only during the hours from 6:00 PM to 11:00 AM. No sprinklers may be used from 11:00 AM through 6:00 PM. Hand watering can be done anytime but the hose must have an attachment with a shut off valve.

The Water Restrictions Hotline is still in operation for citizen questions or reporting watering violations. The hotline number is 761-7477 and is answered Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The after hours and weekend number for reporting violations is 720-5000.

If the weather remains as it has been the City could be forced to call a Stage Two: Drought Watch as early as June. A stage 2 would make water restrictions mandatory:

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