Wichita Falls city leaders held a special news conference Tuesday to discuss Stage 4 Drought Disaster, and to update residents on water conservation up to this point.
The Public Works Director, Russell Schreiber, said the city has saved 2.2 billion gallons of water.
The city is calling this situation a "natural disaster." City leaders said they are doing everything they can to combat this problem.
Wichita Falls has alerted Newschannel 6 that Stage 4 Drought Disaster will go into effect this Saturday, November 16. The city is waiting until Saturday to allow residents to water one more time.
Stage 4 enacts stricter rules on homes and businesses to help conserve water.
- Total ban on all outdoor irrigation/watering (no matter what type of hose or device).
- A home foundation may be watered using only soaker hose, from 8 p.m. to midnight, on the designated day to water for the property.
- It is unlawful to wash sidewalks, driveways or structures.
- The surcharge triples for any amount of water used over ten units. The charge will be $3 per unit used over ten units. This charge increases as additional units are used.
- All hydrant meters for contractor use will be pulled and service suspended until conditions return to a Drought Emergency status.
- It shall be unlawful to irrigate any and all turf areas on golf courses including greens, tee boxes, and fairways using water from the City system.
- Large industries will be required to conduct an internal water audit to see if there are additional water conservation efforts they can undertake and submit a report to City Staff within 60 days. Changes must be implemented by the time combined lake levels reach 20%.
- The City will continue an aggressive public relations and education program
All Stage 1, 2, and 3 water restrictions and requirements remain in place unless modified by Stage 4 restrictions and requirements.
The city will begin pulling irrigation meters on Monday.
Also, the city will no longer be issuing warnings for water restriction violations. They will be issuing citations, even if it is a first offense.