WICHITA FALLS - The City of Wichita Falls is officially in a Stage 3 Drought Emergency.
Public Works Director Russell Schreiber informed the City Council Tuesday morning that lake levels are at or below 40%, triggering the need to call the Stage 3 Drought Emergency.
The City of Wichita Falls will hold a press conference Wednesday, February 6th, at 11 a.m. at the boat launch located inside the State Park at Lake Arrowhead to discuss "Now what?"
City leaders will address several issues of concern to residents and business owners now that the City is in a Stage 3 Drought Emergency.
City leaders include:
- Mayor Glenn Barham
- City Manager Darron Leiker
- Public Works Director Russell Schreiber
- Utilities Operations Manager Daniel Nix
- Assistant Director of Health Amy Fagan
New water restrictions will be in place, in addition to the restrictions put in place during the Stage 2 Drought Warning that affect:
- Outdoor Irrigation/Watering
- Car Washes
- Car Dealers
- Golf Courses
- Swimming Pools
- Restaurants, Bars, Clubs and School Cafeterias
For complete details go to the City's homepage at wichitafallstx.gov and follow the links under the headline, "City Now in Stage 3 Drought Emergency-Learn More."
The website contains a complete description of the new water restrictions, a Watering Zone Map showing which day of the week residents can water, a list of 100 Ways to Save Water and much more. Citizens can also contact the Public Information Office at 761-7401.
Enforcement of violations began Wednesday at midnight. Watering is allowed on a resident or business owners designated day only.
The most significant changes for city water users:
- Automatic sprinkler systems can only be used from midnight to 5 a.m.
- Hose end sprinklers can only be used from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Violators will be ticketed.
Keep in mind that under Stage 3, in addition to the new water restrictions, there is a new SURCHARGE applied to anyone who uses over ten units of water per month.
The extra charge could be significant if someone is:
- Watering excessively
- Fills a swimming pool
- Has an outdoor water feature
- Leaks in:
- Somewhere in the kitchen
The City is asking that citizens monitor their water bill and reduce their water use or the extra charge will be applied. Anyone using an irrigation meter, the surcharge begins at zero.
The Water Hotline is still available for questions or reporting a violation by calling 761-7477 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.