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As drought continues, Stage 4 restrictions
will soon be in place across North Texas
(11/14/13)

by Sherrie Williams
Iowa Park will soon follow Wichita Fall’s recent action of going into stage four drought disaster water restrictions because the combined lake levels are dangerously low.

Currently the combined water levels at Lake Arrowhead and Lake Kickapoo is at 30 percent.

The area is currently under State 3 Drought Emergency measures.

According to Iowa Park City Manager Mike Price, the council will meet in a special called meeting Monday to address water restriction.

Price said he is currently working on a restriction ordinance which mostly mirrors Wichita Falls’ for the council to consider.

Proposed water use restrictions for stage four includes:
1. Prohibit the use of potable water for any outdoor use other than the need to eliminate a potential health/safety threat.
2. Lock or remove those meters used on irrigation only water systems.
3. Prohibit the use of potable water for agriculture-only purpose.
4. Suspend service to and remove all fire hydrant meters associated with construction use.
5. Suspend use of the bulk water station to all customers other than those residential and business accounts without a private connection to a public water system and for essential use only.
6. Continue an aggressive public education program to conserve potable water.
7. The use of soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems to water residential or commercial foundations will be restricted to Mondays only between the hours of 5 p.m. to 12 midnight.
8. The City will increase efforts to enforce the current water use restrictions.
9. Effective with the December 2013 billing cycle for route one of the city’s water system and with each route and cycle thereafter, the following water rates apply:
Inside-City General Rates
First 2,000 gallons, minimum - $30.00
2,100 to 8,000 gallons, per thousand - $9.60
8,100 to 10,000 gallons - $40.
10,100 to 11,000 gallons, per thousand - $75 (surcharge).
11,100 to 12,000 gallons, per thousand - $14.
12,100 to 13,000 gallons, per thousand - $100 (surcharge).
13,100 to 15,000 gallons, per thousand - $21.
15,100 to 16,000 gallons, per thousand - $250 (surcharge).
All over 16,000 gallons, per thousand - $28.
Outside-City General Rates
First 2,000 gallons, minimum - $60.
2,100 to 8,000 gallons, per thousand - $18.
8,100 to 12,000 gallons, per thousand - $40.
12,100 to 13,000 gallons, per thousand - $100 (surcharge).
13,100 to 15,000 gallons, per thousand - $31.
15,100 to 16,000 gallons, per thousand - $250 (surcharge).
All over 16,100 gallons, per thousand - $35.

These temporary outdoor water use restrictions will take effect immediately upon adoption of this ordinance and will remain in effect until the ordinance is rescinded by the city council.

The above restrictions and rates are subject to change following Monday evening’s city council meeting.

Price explained that the rates and restrictions are what the staff will suggest to the council members. However, they may make changes to some or all of the recommendations.

Price said in addition to police officers watching and looking for violators, others will be too including but not limited to all city employees and even city officials will be encouraged to call in and report violators.

He stressed no warning will be issued, if someone is caught violating water restrictions they will receive a citation.

“We don’t want your money we want people to conserve water. There are still people out there who thinks this is a joke. It is not, it is very serious,” said Price.
According to information on wichitafallstx.gov website, Stage 4 restrictions will include the following:

After the Director of Public Works in Wichita Falls imposed mandatory restrictions Tuesday, to take affect Saturday. In addition to current restrictions, the following wil be added:

1. Place a total ban on the outdoor use of water for nonessential uses. This shall include the possible removal of all irrigation meters from residences and businesses.
2. Suspend service to and pull all Fire Hydrant Meters for contractor use, until conditions return to a Drought Emergency status.
3. Continue an aggressive public relations and education program.
4. Implement enforceable restrictions on essential uses as developed in Stage 3.”