Burkburnett: Stage 4 Drought Restrictions to Begin Monday

The City of Burkburnett will enter Stage 4 Drought Restrictions on Monday, November 25th as the combined lake levels dropped below 30%.

"We realized that the lake levels with the conditions have not gotten better. We know that as good stewards of our resources, it was time to increase to Stage 4," said Burkburnett Assistant City Manager Michael Whaley.

Burkburnett has its own drought stages, but it closely mirrors that of Wichita Falls Drought Restriction plan.

The city is also a wholesale water customer of Wichita Falls, purchasing on average about 25% of its water. But with Wichita Falls struggling for water, Burkburnett will be constructing 25 additional water wells to become more self-efficient.

"We won't be completely independent from Wichita Falls water system. However, it will put much less of strain on their water system with any increased production that we can see on our end," said Whaley.

The project is expected to break ground in mid-January and will be completed in April. The wells are expected to produce an additional 1 million gallons per day.

"After the construction has been completed, then we will probably look at backing off of Stage 4 and going back to Stage 3 at that point," said Whaley.

But Whaley warns, even with or without the new wells Burkburnett residents will still need to consciously conserve water to prevent the water sources from going dry.

"It's extremely critical in all the communities in our area. Especially because we don't know how much long we're going to be experiencing these conditions," he said.

Here is the list of the new Stage 4 Restrictions that will go into effect in Burkburnett:

  • The following uses of water are defined as non-essential and are prohibited unless in the immediate interest of public health, safety, and welfare:
  • Irrigation on any day at any time unless utilizing a water source other than that provided by the City of Burkburnett or treated water effluent. This restriction includes all forms of irrigation, including spray bubbler, drip, hand-watering, etc. (The City of Burkburnett will shut off all irrigation meters.)
  • The watering of golf course greens, tees and fairways is prohibited unless the golf course utilizes a water source other than that provided by the City of Burkburnett or treated water effluent.
  • Use of water to wash down any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, streets, tennis courts, patios, or other hard-surfaced area
  • Use of water to wash down buildings or structures for purposes other than immediate fire protection
  • Use of water to wash any motor vehicle, motorbike, boat, trailer, airplane or other vehicle
  • Use of water from designated fire hydrants for construction purposes
  • Use of water for dust control
  • Use of water from hydrants shall be limited to firefighting
  • Use of water for flushing gutters or permitting water to run or accumulate in any gutter or street
  • Failure to repair a controllable leak within a reasonable period after having been given notice directing the repair of such leak
  • Foundations may only be watered with Soaker Hoses. The watering of Home Foundations is restricted to Sundays for customers with a street address ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8), and Wednesdays for water customers with a street address ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) between the hours of and between 8pm and 12:00 midnight
  • Residential pools shall only drained when necessary to make repairs. The pool level shall only be lowered to the level necessary to make the repairs and may be refilled. Polls may be refilled due to evaporation loss. All water features (waterfalls, sprays, slides, etc.) for residential pools shall be prohibited.
  • Commercial car washes shall only operate 8 hours a day, 6 days a week, between the hours of 1:00pm and 9:00pm.
  • All restaurants are prohibited from serving water to patrons except upon request of the patron.
  • A water conservation surcharge will be applied to all residential when the City is under Stage 4. The surcharges will include:

Residential Meters

  • $3.00 per 1,000 gallons for usage between 10,001 gallons and 15,000 gallons
  • $6.00 per 1,000 gallons for usage between 15,001 gallons and 20,000 gallons
  • $9.00 per 1,000 gallons for usage between 20,001 gallons and 25,000 gallons
  • $12.00 per 1,000 gallons for usage over 25,001 gallons

The city of Burkburnett will also be turning off all irrigation meters, since residents are no longer allowed to irrigate outside.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.