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Archer City Falls Under Stage 3 Drought Emergency

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Archer City is under a Stage 3 Drought Emergency, effective February 14, 2013, due to the level of Lake Kickapoo being at or below 40%.  During Stage 3 all restrictions from Stage 2 remain in effect in addition to new restrictions. 

  • All irrigation (residential and commercial) will be reduced to once a week, Monday through Friday, based on the Water Rationing Zone Map, which is the same as the Stage 2 map and is available at City Hall or on the City website. 
  • Automatic sprinkler systems may be used from midnight to 4 a.m. on the designated watering day and hose end sprinkler systems, drip irrigation and soaker hoses may be used from 8 p.m. to midnight on the designated watering day.
  • Hand watering can be done anytime but the hose MUST have an attachment with a shutoff nozzle.
  • Residential swimming pools may be filled only on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon and pool water features such as fountains, waterfalls and slides are prohibited.
  • Driveways, patios and sidewalks cannot be washed unless an immediate health or safety risk is present.
  • No washing vehicles unless at a commercial car wash, dealership, or automotive shop or detail shop. 
  • Fundraising car washes are prohibited.

Water rate surcharges for residential and commercial water use over 11000 gallons have increased to:

  • $.50 per 1,000 gallons for water usage over 11,000 gallons
  • $1.00 per 1,000 gallons for water usage over 23,000 gallons
  • $2.00 per 1000 gallons for water usage over 35,000 gallons.
  • The same surcharges will apply to yard meters for consumption over 2,000, 15,000 and 25,000 gallons respectively. 

City officials encourage strict water conservation as our water supply is in a critical situation. Our citizens are aware how low Lake Kickapoo is, and the lack of rain has prepared them for further restrictions. Compliance during Stage 2 was good and we anticipate the same cooperation in Stage 3; however, failure to abide by the stricter regulations will result in citations and fines. 

A direct mail out was sent to all Archer City water customers outlining the new restrictions.

For questions please contact City Hall at 574-4570. The complete Drought Contingency Plan may be viewed at www.archercity.org.