On this Valentine's Day flower shop workers in Texoma are putting in some serious hours and it's not just because the increase in orders it's because of the drought.
House of flowers employees hoped it wouldn't happen but the city of Wichita Falls went into stage 3 drought restrictions just in time for their busiest day of the year. That's not good news for a business that relies on water to stay afloat.
"You're watering plants, you're cleaning buckets and we use a lot of buckets, every arrangement has to have water in it since we use preservative, cleanliness is really important for the shop so we need to use water for that too," said Lucille Holder, an employee at the House of Flowers.
All the flowers get put into a bucket that are sterilized with bleach and hot water. But Holder says about 2 gallons of cold water come out of the faucet before it finally turns hot.
"We reuse if we need hot water, gather it until it gets hot and then collect it to water plants," said Holder.
The flowers that aren't bought within three days have to be cut and cleaned all over again. That means the water they've been sitting in has to be thrown out and the buckets need to be cleaned again.
Holder says, "There's no way that you can recycle the preserved water which we keep them in so that goes to waste. You use I'd say 4 to 6 ounces of water in each bucket and we'll use maybe 1,000 buckets a week."
So to save water the employees are now turning off the faucet in between washes and they're using the same water to clean several buckets.
"It's hard not watering your yard but it's even harder to try to conserve water and make sure that everything stays hydrated here," said Holder.
Holder also says they're also not moping the floors everyday to cut back on water usage.