Wholesale Water Customers Escape Forced Reductions

Wholesale Water Customers Escape Forced Reductions

There are 14 towns and districts that buy water from Wichita Falls that need to conserve 35 percent of their water usage, just like Wichita Falls residents.

Archer County Municipal Utility District One, better known as Archer Co. M.U.D. One, had until July 31st to get close to conserving 35 percent or Wichita Falls city leaders would force a reduction.

On Wednesday, Vernon Geis, the district's water superintendent, was all smiles as he read a letter he got from the city of Wichita Falls.

"It stated that we had a reduction of 32 percent and even though is not 35 percent we made great efforts to get to where we need to be," said Geis.

Geis was considering raising water rates to pressure residents into conserving more. However, now that the district improved its water conservation by 24 percent, he's putting that idea on hold for now. The achievement also means Wichita Falls city leaders won't be reducing the amount of water they send to that area.

"What our customers seemed to start to realize is that if that happens, there might be times we don't have water," said Geis.

It seems like that has been a wake up call for all of the wholesale water customers. The city's Public Works Operations Manager Daniel Nix said, only Archer Co. M.U.D. one and three other towns didn't hit the 35 mark, but they were close.

"We have two of our wholesale customers that actually had 50 percent or higher reduction rates in July and that was the city of Windthorst and Sheppard Air Force Base," said Nix.

However, Nix said, no one should let their guard down in this fight against the drought because every drop counts and there's always room for improvement.

"If you're not hitting your 35 percent mark you need to see what you have in your ordinance as far as conservation measures. Check on your enforcement to see if anything can be improved there," said Nix.

Nix also said, wholesale water customers will be monitored differently when we hit stage four water restrictions. The goal won't be a percentage reduction. Instead, Nix said city leaders will probably look at the average amount of water customers used in December, January and February in the past five years. Their overall goal will be close to those average numbers.

Here's the full report from the month of July:

Archer City 40% reduction

Red River Authority 31% reduction

Windthorst 55% reduction

ACMUD 32% reduction

Burkburnett 27% reduction

Dean Dale 49% reduction

Friberg Cooper 36% reduction

Holliday 38% reduction

Iowa Park 36% reduction

Lakeside City 36% reduction

Pleasant Valley 43% reduction

Scotland 38% reduction

SAFB 50% reduction

Wichita Valley 19% reduction

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6