City approves water restrictions
by Dolores Hamilton
Even though the area has received several rain showers lately, Lake Arrowhead and Lake Kickapoo that supply water for Wichita Falls and its wholesale water customers (including Iowa Park) have dropped to a combined capacity of 50 percent. As a result, Wichita Falls has implemented their Stage Two drought contingency water use restrictions, which requires that all wholesale customers reduce their monthly consumption by a minimum of 15 percent.
In order to meet the reduction requirements, Iowa Park’s City Council passed a resolution Monday night to implement temporary outdoor water use restrictions for all of the city’s water customers.
In addition, Iowa Park is asking its wholesale water customers, Electra, Horseshoe Bend Estates Homeowners Association, and Wichita Valley Water Supply Corporation, to also reduce their monthly consumption by the same 15 percent. According to City Manager Mike Price, failure of Iowa Park to meet the reduction could result in a cutback on the amount of water received from the City of Wichita Falls.
Following is the resolution implementing the temporary outdoor water use restrictions for all potable water customers of the City of Iowa Park.
All potable water customers of the City of Iowa Park are limited to one day per week for the irrigation of any and all landscaped areas as follows:
Water customers south of Loop 370/Old Iowa Park Highway are allowed to irrigate landscaped areas on Mondays only;
Water customers north of Loop 370/Old Iowa Park Highway but south of U.S. Highway 287 North are allowed to irrigate landscaped areas on Wednesdays only; and
Water customers north of U.S. Highway 287 North are allowed to irrigate landscaped areas on Fridays only.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or other entity to run an outdoor spray-type irrigation system on any day of the week between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Landscaped watering with a handheld hose, bucket, or watering can is permitted any time on the water customers’ assigned day.
All motor vehicle washing, including watercraft and motorcycles, is prohibited at all times except for commercial car washes and service station facilities.
All sidewalk, driveway and/or parking lot washings are prohibited except to alleviate immediate health or fire hazards.
Individuals, firms, corporations or other entities found to be in violation of the outdoor water use restrictions outlined in Section 1 of this resolution shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $200. Said individual’s firm’s, corporation’s or other entity’s first violation shall result in a warning citation. If any person, firm, corporation or other entity is convicted of three or more violations, the city manager shall, upon due notice to the water customer, be authorized to discontinue water service to the premises where such violation occurs.