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Stage 5 Drought Catastrophe: Summer Water Concerns

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The Wichita Falls City Council approved a measure to keep one Texoma water attraction open this summer. This decision was made on Tuesday as the city finalized its Stage 5 Drought Plan.

Castaway Cove owned by the city of Wichita Falls contracted Green Touch Lawn and Landscaping to haul in well water to its facility to maintain its operations.

The company estimates it will haul anywhere from 6,000 to 9,000 gallons of water per day. It will cost the park an estimate $70,000 for the season.  The park said money used to pay for this will not be taxpayer dollars and revenue from the parks ticket and concession sales will cover the cost.   

 “I totally approve of it staying open because there’s not many people that can afford pools or have pools,” said Amber Smith, a mother of four who said she taken her kids there every summer since it opened.

While Castaway Cove has a solution to stay open for business this summer, public and private pools will have to find another source of water if opened under Stage 5. Restrictions would prohibit the filling of outdoor public and private swimming pools with treated water from the city.

Theresa Killoman, a resident of Wichita Falls says this could impact many people who take their children to city pools to swim during the summer.

“I know a lot of people that are low income and there just like, we don’t have any lakes. We don’t have any outside activities. So they are worried about being able to go to public pools. So I’m hoping that we get some rain soon,” said Killoman.  

The city says they expect to implement Stage 5 in early summer. For some Texomans with children this decision has them wondering whether they will be keeping cool in the pool or stay dry inside.

“I understand about our water restrictions but kids need to somewhere to have fun and get out of the heat. Kids love to swim,” said Tina Flores, a Wichita Falls resident.

Flores said not everyone can afford to pay to go to Castaway Cove Water Park.

And other Texomans agree.

“Personally, I can only go when it’s half off price time,” said Killoman.

Castaway Cove Water Park is expected to open on May 20th.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6