Drought Watch

Lake levels at both Arrowhead and Kickapoo have reached a combined total of 30%, triggering Wichita Falls to move to Stage 4: Drought Disaster.

The 30% lake level is just one of the many triggers moving Wichita Falls from a Stage 3: Drought Emergency to a Stage 4: Drought Disaster.

Texomans are concerned about the current drought situation as well as upcoming restrictions.

"We're kind of in a rock and hard place. I think it's terrible," said concerned citizen Louise Cochran.
"It worries me because what are we going to do if it continues to drought this way," said concerned citizen Theresa Davis.

Stage 4: Drought Disaster will mean new restrictions and new requirements: A surcharge will triple for any amount of water used over 10 units; All hydrant meters for contractor use will pulled, just to name a few.

"My concern is the water bill. The economy is already bad and some people are preserving water already because they can't pay their water bill. If they go up on the water this time and there is still a drought then they're going to go up again," said concerned citizen Rita White.

The plan for most Texomans is to continue to conserve water.

"I've probably been doing more than they've been asking. I've not done any outside watering at all. I hand water what little bit of plants I have outside and I try not to use my dishwasher until it's completely full," said Cochran.

Wichita Falls has been in Stage 3: Drought Emergency since earlier this year. The hope on many Texomans minds is to have a large amount of rainfall to bring the city out of the drought.

Even though the lake levels reached 30% capacity, it will be Wichita Falls City Leaders who officially declare the city of being in Stage 4: Drought Disaster.

Wichita Falls City Leaders plan to discuss topics and issues regarding the Stage: 4 Drought Disaster Tuesday, November 12th.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6