Now that school is out and it is summertime, Castaway Cove Waterpark is open every day to the public. But this has some Texomans concerned due to the drought issue the city is facing. The City of Wichita Falls is currently under Stage 3 Drought Emergency. In order to conserve water, Castaway Cove has been carefully monitoring their water usage.
The park did not drain their pools last winter and have stopped hosing down the cement in order to conserve water. Some of their spray features have also been halted to prevent evaporation.
Surprisingly, Castaway Cove does not even fall under the top 100 businesses that use the most water in the city.
"We are 1/300ths of 1%... and even less than that of the amount of water we use per year. An average hotel uses more than that" said manager Steve Vaughn.
Park officials believe that keeping the park open will be beneficial for the community and the park is doing everything they can to counter the drought issue.
Vaughn said, "We're all from the community. We're concerned about the water and the different stages. We're doing everything we can and we're not wasting any water. We're conserving just like everybody else is."
On average, Castaway Cove sees about 800-1000 visitors per day in the summer. Currently, the general admission for the park is $21.99. These prices have not changed in the last 4 years since the city bought the water park back in 2010.