In just a few days, the city of Wichita Falls will be asking you to turn off the tap. With a Stage 2 Drought Warning in effect even the City is doing its part to conserve water.
Many of you wanted to know how the City was cutting back. Officials told Newschannel 6 departments are reducing their water use to comply with the Stage 2 restrictions. Police and other city workers will begin enforcing the regulations on Monday, June 11th.
On Wednesday, City workers were flooded with calls about the new restrictions. You can always find the details on the cities web site. Here's a look at the restrictions for residents and Actions that will be taken by the city.
Stage 2 Water Restrictions
•All irrigation (residential and commercial) will be reduced to once a week, Monday through Friday, based on the Water Rationing Zone Map.
•No washing vehicles unless at a commercial car wash, dealership, automotive shop or detail shop.
•Fundraising car washes are prohibited.
•Driveways, patios and sidewalks cannot be washed unless an immediate health or safety risk is present
1. Mail a copy of the conservation Ordinance (Seen Above) and the Water Rationing Zone Map with a cover letter describing the drought conditions to each water account.
Public Utilities Operations Manager Daniel Nix said, "The reason for the severity is to get everyone's attention and to enact the mandatory restrictions and to conserve water. We're talking about having water to drink."
One resident we spoke with said she believes she's seen the city wasting water in the past. She said, "I've seen some examples of times they could have done much better. Some of the water running down the street when they're watering in between the streets and things like that. I really cant say I've noticed a whole lot of it but we all need to do our part."
If you want to report anyone, resident, business or city worker abusing their water privileges you can call the Water Restrictions Hotline at (940) 761-7477.
Wichita Falls Parks Director Jack Murphy says they're using drip irrigation systems like soaker hoses to keep the cities 26,000 trees and 208 flower beds alive. Under the new restrictions they'll only use spray irrigation once a week, just like everyone else. Other residents we spoke with, thought the restrictions were actually overdue.
"I think they're long overdue I've been worried about the water crisis since last year and the year before."