Wichita Falls has cancelled the purchase of winter flowers, due to the severe and ongoing drought. The flowers are usually planted in October and used in landscaping projects throughout the city. "I think it's a good idea because they're asking residents to reserve water. So if we have to reserve why not the city," said one woman.
The regular order of summer flowers could not be stopped, because they were purchased through a contract last fall. However, the city spent months trying to find a buyer, so they could get rid of them. "Do you think it will take away from the beauty of the city at all?" Newschannel 6 asked the woman. "It will but you have to ask yourself what's more important, that we have water or pretty flowers," she responded.
Instead of wasting money already spent, the city planted the summer flowers. But, they cut back on the amount of water used by 30 percent. The city also uses a highly efficient drip system when watering the flowers. "I'm a flower lover myself. But, I've cut back on the water situation, because, I understand the drought situation. And it could get worse, so I really agree with that decision," said one man, when asked if he agrees with the decision made by the city.
The parks division has already cut down on the amount of water used for trees by 25 percent. And grass doesn't get watered at all. "I feel that it would help the city a lot. I mean I don't agree with the flower thing but, we need to conserve water as much as possible. We don't want to prolong the drought any longer than it already is," said one young man.
Lake levels have drastically dropped over the last few weeks. And recent rainfall has skipped right over Wichita Falls. "The rain keeps passing us by. For some reason, we just can't get any rain," the woman said. The city says if stage four drought disaster restrictions go into affect, drip irrigation to all city flowers will be stopped.