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Trickle Down: Cities Facing Water Restrictions

We first told you Tuesday the city of Wichita falls declared a stage two drought warning. Wichita Falls residents and businesses are not the only ones who use the city's water. 

The city is putting out an alert to other cities that uses the falls water. Iowa Park gets all its water from Wichita Falls and is seeing a trickle down effect. 

Lakes Arrowhead and Kickapoo are almost sitting at the 50% mark. The City of Wichita Falls is sending out an alert to cities who are dependent on them for water. Iowa Park is one of them and is making changes to conserve.

Iowa Park needs to conserve at least 15% of water monthly. City Manager Mike Price said, "The City of Wichita Falls has been more than fare. They are looking at a five year average and said last month Iowa Park met that 15%." 

To keep Iowa Park on the same track, Price said residents will face stricter water restrictions.   

Iowa Park is currently in stage one of its drought contingency plan. That means right now water conservation is voluntary, but that will soon change.

"We will prohibit the washing of cars outside commercial car washes." Price added, "Then most likely there would be some limitations on what days the citizens of Iowa Park can water."

Price said even though the rain has been falling, levels are still low and residents still need to conserve.

All surrounding cities who depend on the City of Wichita Falls for water, have all gone under the same mandatory water conservation contract regulations.

 

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6

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