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New Water Ordinance Requirements begin on Thursday

The City of Wichita Falls’ new Water Conservation/Drought Contingency Plan goes into effect on Thursday. The ordinance brings a long list of changes to the previous drought contingency plan and residence are asked to take note of the following changes.

  • No watering with Sprinklers from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
  • No operation of irrigation (watering) systems that have broken components or leaks.
  • Spray irrigation cannot run down the curb for more than 50 feet.
  • Bubbler, drip or soaker irrigation cannot run down the curb for more than 5 feet.
  • If washing vehicles at home, the hose must have a positive shutoff nozzle.
  • Hand watering can be done anytime

Stage 1 Restrictions

Begin when the combined level of the City's water source lakes reaches 65%.

  • Watering is limited to two times per week based on odd-even addresses
  • New landscaping will require a waiver at Stage 1 rather than Stage 2.

Stage 2 Restrictions

  • Watering is limited to one day a week based on odd-even addresses.
  • Washing vehicles at a home is allowed through Stage 3.

Stage 3 Restrictions

  • Watering with an automatic sprinkler system is limited to one day a week between 2:00 am and 7:00 am.
  • Watering with a sprinkler attached to a hose can only be done between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm.

Stages 4 and 5

  • No changes.

Changes to Business Restrictions:

  • Commercial car washes must use nozzles that discharge <3.0 gpm
  • Restaurants cannot serve water unless asked for by the customer.
  • Restaurants cannot use pre-rinse nozzles that discharge more than 1.6 gpm.
  • Restaurants must have a positive shutoff on the pre-rinse nozzles.
  • Ice machines cannot be single pass, water cooled.
  • Hotels/Motels/Short term lodging must offer customers a linen reuse option that is displayed in all rooms.

Water Wells and Rain Water Harvesting

  • Water Wells and Rain Water Harvesting Systems, with a combined container capacity exceeding 3000 gallons, must be registered with the City of Wichita Falls Public Works Department on or before May 1, 2016.

For more details on these changes, please contact City of Wichita Falls Public Works Department at 761-7477.

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