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Drought Watch

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The city of Burkburnett will propose changes for water conservation on Monday, including a water usage surcharge and changes to stage three drought restrictions.

Burkburnett city officials said, they are not doing enough to conserve water, so they're making some changes.

Reactions from residents were mixed but the general idea was, let's do what we can to save as much water as possible. On the other hand, there were concerns that residents who are doing their part, don't want to be penalized.

"I'm not in favor of it, because I haven't watered my yard one time this year. I mean I've watered my little plants, but I'm not one of the ones that's abusing it. But for those that are abusing it, I have no problem with that," said Burkburnett resident, Glen Moret.

"Me personally, I'm not crazy about surcharges. But, if that's what's necessary to make certain that all residents do conserve, then I'm for it," said Burkburnett resident, Pamela Dixon.

City officials said,  the water supply isn't where it needs to be at this point, and that Burkburnett tries to mirror what is being done in Wichita Falls. "We do need to do something as a community as a whole, to actually save water and conserve our water better. I wish that, you know, more people in our community would abide by our water restrictions," said one woman.

"I agree with it. I mean personally I don't think anybody ought to, I mean I okay, your lawn? I don't think you ought to be watering your lawn," one man said.

Residents agree that changes need to be made. However, they don't want to be gauged or penalized. Surcharges would range from one dollar to four dollars per gallon, depending on how many gallons a household has already used.

"I think that it's a good way to get a little bit more money for our community. But as far as what they're charging, I think it needs to be restructured. You know, take into consideration what we're already paying, as of now," one woman said.

The changes to stage three drought restrictions would include one day to water outside, as opposed to two. And residents would only have a four hour time period, at night, to do so.

The city will propose these changes at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday. The board can then decide to put it to a vote.

Jenyne Donaldson, Newschannel Six.