On Tuesday night, Lakeside City council members voted to lift all drought restrictions.
The Texoma town went into Stage 5 Drought Restrictions back in May 2014. A year later, Texoma saw record rainfall, which filled lakes, and ended restrictions in many Texoma towns.
Since Lakeside City gets their water from Wichita Falls, the town has typically followed their drought restrictions. This is why the agenda only showed they were going to talk about lowering restrictions to Stage 2, since that was where Wichita Falls was. However, on Tuesday morning, Wichita Falls city council members voted to lift all of their drought restrictions.
This was talked about during the meeting and in the end they decided to follow suit. So, even though the drought is over, yearly restrictions will still be enforced. Those yearly restrictions are as follows:
You will not be allowed to use spray irrigation between 11:00a.m. and 6:00p.m.
You can not wash cars at home unless you are using a hose with a shut off nozzle.
Restaurants, bars, and clubs cannot provide drinking water, unless it is requested by the customer.
Council members also talked about starting their own water reuse project, similar to the one Wichita Falls is doing. They decided to seek bids up to $600,000 for their water and wastewater project.
They have already spoken with Wichita Falls officials about the idea, and they explained they liked it. Officials said the Lakeside City project would become an extension of the one in Wichita Falls. However, there is still a lot of planning that needs to be done.
Officials said they do have the money available to pay for the project. However, they will still take out bonds, and then pay it off over time. City councilors said the project will not start until the next budget year. They want to make sure they have a complete plan in place.
Road repairs were also discussed. They said the town saw quite a bit of flood damage. This is why they will be meeting with FEMA officials to get $100,000.