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Stage 5 Household

Stage 5 Household

The city of Wichita Falls stage 5 drought plan does not ask residents to lower their monthly water use. When the city enters into stage five residents will still be allowed to use less than ten units per month without be billed with surcharges. However, if residents do use ten units or more of water will see a higher surcharge in stage 5 then they do now in stage 4.

Those residents who use between 10 and 20 units of water per month will be charged and extra six dollars per unit. Residents who use between 20 and 40 units per month will be charged and extra 12 dollars per unit. Finally, for those who use more than 40 units per month will be charged an extra 24 dollars per unit.

Mayor Glenn Barham said one of the main reasons that the city is still going to allow residents to use ten units of water per household per month was because the automated billing system is unable to handle lower amounts. So if the automated billing program can’t handle the job couldn't the city monitor the 40,000 accounts manually?

"Even if there is just 30,000 residential trying to check 30,000 individual bills manually would be too time consuming and too inefficient," said mayor Barham.

Wichita Falls will enter into stage five once combined lake levels at both Arrowhead and Kickapoo fall below 25%.

 Jack Carney, Newschannel 6

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