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Drought Catastrophe Continues in Electra

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The city of Electra has now entered a stage five drought catastrophe and some of the stage five restrictions for residents include a total ban on washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways and parking lots.

With stage five restrictions now in place in the pump jack capital of Texas, one local business, the Electra Food Market continues to work on their water usage.

"On the store level, we have curtailed our water usage considerably by being a little bit more cautious and a little bit more conservative," said Store Manager of the Electra Food Market, Allen Robb.

Bottled water sales are of course selling well at the Food Market, but stage five drought restrictions will affect how things are cleaned in the market.

"We're cutting down on the amount of water that we use like mopping the floors.  All of our sanitary needs and everything else that we need and washing of the dishes, equipment and things like that we can't curtail. We have to use that water," said Robb.

The same can be said across the railroad tracks in Electra at Carlito's Mexican Restaurant.

"We can't mop two or three times a day like we used to.  We have to limit that to about every other day in order to conserve water.  We run our dishwasher at full capacity.  In the past, we were able to run them half full," said General Manager of Carlito's Mexican Restaurant, Scott Lamke.

As the drought continues, both men agree that the community of Electra needs to be more conscious on ways to conserve and not waste water.

"I think all we can do is hope, keep our fingers crossed and pray. We all have to do something to change this and Mother Nature has to cooperate," said Lamke.

Two new businesses will soon be in Electra. Mayor Curtis Warner believes the ongoing drought will not either of the businesses.

Electra receives water from Iowa Park who gets their water from Wichita Falls.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6