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A New Water Vending Machine Controls The Flow

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Wichita Falls, TX - A new water vending machine in Burkburnett is forcing Wichita County residents to re-think how they buy water.

Today’s County Commissioners Court voted in favor of making Burkburnett's water vending machine the same as Wichita Falls.

Gordon Smith, the Director of Public Works, said some Wichita County residents have been abusing water regulations. 

“To better manage the abuse, now we know who is purchasing the water,” said Smith. “Before, anyone that had a potable tank and coins could get the water.”

Burkburnett’s old coin-operated machine has been replaced by a more advanced one that keeps track of every water transaction.

“During the stage-five drought we needed more control on who was purchasing water,” said Smith.

Wichita County Judge, Woody Gossom said if you have not paid a fee to hook up a water meter and you're currently avoiding the fees associated with the Wichita Falls vending machine, you will have a very short amount of time until you’re without water.

In order to use the machine, Gossom said, “They will have to pay a 20 dollar administration fee to Burkburnett and 5 dollars fee to the county.

Brody Carter, Newschannel 6