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Water restrictions likely to get much tougher

Unless a great deal of rain falls and raises the water levels in Lakes Kickapoo and Arrowhead, Iowa Park residents, along with Wichita Falls residents will face additional water restrictions.

In additiont to the current water restrictions, listed below, others will be put into place. The City of Iowa Park will be required to lower the purchase of water from Wichita Falls a total of 35 percent over the last five year average.
Some of the current restrictions include:

Do not run outside irrigation systems including sprinklers, automatic sprinkler systems and unattended water hoses except on the day of the week permitted for an area as identified as: Monday- south and west of East and West Highways; Wednesday- the area south of US 287 and north or east of East and West Highways; and Friday - north of US 287.

Do not run any type of outside watering on any day of the week between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Do not wash any motor vehicle at any location other than a commercial car wash, car dealership, detail shop of automotive shop.

Do not wash sidewalks, driveways or concrete slabs unless an immediate health of safety risk present.

Also, water conservation surcharge for excessive use is in place.

Should the combined lake levels of Lakes Kickapoo and Arrowhead drop to 40 percent, the Wichita Falls City Council will put into place stage three drought restictions and the Iowa Park City Council will likely following suit to achive the 35 percent reduction in water purchases.

The following are Wichita Falls’ Stage Three Drought Emergency restrictions, which Iowa Park will most likely mirror according to City Manager Mike Price.
During stage three all restrictions from stage two remain in effect in addition to the following restrictions.

Car Dealers
It shall be unlawful for a car dealer to wash its inventory of cars on any day other than the day the property is authorized to spray irrigate in accordance with the Water Rationing Zone Map in effect.

Car Washes
All self-serve and full-service carwashes within the corporate City Limits will be required to close the car washing portion of their business on one day each week. The scheduled day of closure shall coincide with the day that car wash is allowed to spray irrigate, in accordance with the Water Rationing Zone map.

It shall be unlawful for a car wash to use a nozzle that discharges more than three gallons per minute.
It shall be unlawful for a car wash to wash any of its bays with water, except on Sundays.

Spray, Sprinkler, Drip, Bubbler, Soaker
It shall be unlawful to utilize spray irrigation in any but the following hours:
12 midnight to 5 a.m. for Automatic Sprinkler System
8 p.m. to 12 midnight for Hose-End Sprinkler Systems

Spray Irrigate or Spray Irrigation - a category of irrigation methods that utilizes devices that spray water away from the device orifice(s). These include, but are not limited to, pop up sprays, rotors, oscillating sprinklers, and impact sprinklers. A hand held hose is not Spray Irrigation.

Automatic Sprinkler System - a system of irrigation components made up of permanently installed underground PVC lines and spray irrigation devices that are controlled from an automatic irrigation controller.

Hose-end Sprinkler System - a device on the end of a garden hose that can be set in place and periodically moved from one location to another.

It shall be unlawful to operate a soaker hose, bubbler or drip irrigation system in a manner that causes the delivery of more water than the hose, bubbler, or system was intended by the manufacturer to deliver.

Drip Irrigation - a method of irrigation that applies water in a dropwise fashion directly to the soil beneath rather than projecting the water in a stream away from its orifice. To be classified in this category, the maximum allowable flow is 6 gallons per hour per emitter.

Soaker Hose - an irrigation device made of permeable rubber hose that allows water to be applied slowly and directly to the soil without being sprayed up into the air. Soaker hoses fall into the drip irrigation category. A soaker hose will not spray water regardless of its orientation.

It shall be unlawful to operate a soaker hose, bubbler or drip irrigation system in a manner that causes water to run down the curb.

Nursery Plant Stock is exempt from the provisions of subsection (a) of (e)(1)(a).

Restaurants/School Cafeterias
It shall be unlawful for a food establishment to thaw food with water. Food must be thawed by another method that is approved by the Health Code, i.e. Refrigeration or Cooking Process.

It shall be unlawful for a food establishment to clean kitchen or food handling areas with spray hoses. The cleaning of kitchen and food handling areas shall be accomplished by means of brooms and mops only.

It shall be unlawful to operate a water feature on a Residential Pool, including, but not limited to, fountains, water falls, descents, arcs, and slides.

Residential Pool – A pool that is located on private property under the control of the property owner or the owner’s tenant and that is intended for use by not more than two residential families and their guests. It includes a pool serving only a single-family home or duplex.

If repairing a pool, it shall only be drained to a level necessary to effect the repair, and no further. Owners of pools that follow this restriction will be allowed to re-fill their pool after the repair.

Pool Owner/Operator – Fee title holder of the property upon which the pool is located, and/or business manager, complex manager, property owners, association manager, rental agent or other individual who is in charge of the day to day operation or maintenance of the property.

Owners Operators of pools that are restricted from draining the pool once it closed for the season.