Reaching out for Water

Reaching out for Water

A Texas town meets about asking others for water.
Desperate drought conditions in Wichita falls have called for desperate measures.

City officials there held a couple of meetings last week centering around potentional longterm options on how to get water.

Wichita Falls City Manager Darron Leiker says, "well, both meetings with two different groups centered around potential longterm water supplies. We're evaluating various options right now."
One would include building a new reservoir.

Leiken says another option includes piping in water from different areas of the lone star state.

We asked Leiken if Amarillo was one of the areas discussed in the meetings.

Leiken tells us, "the meeting we had on Friday was more west, straight west of Wichita Falls, maybe about 135 miles or so."

He wanted to make it clear these two meetings are at the staff level.

This means they are in the very early stages and the city council isn't even invovled yet.

So far this year, Wichita Falls has received 4 1/2 inches of rain.

Leiker says in a non-drought year, they would have at least 9 1/2 by now.

Leiker says, "2014 is starting out really bad as well.  We are about 42 inches of rain below average since 2011 right now."

As of May 17, Wichita Falls triggered stage five water restrictions.

The city has a total ban on all outdoor watering, and filling swimming pools.

Fines can reach up to $2,000.

Leiker says they're reusing waste water. 

In 2010 the city treated 10 billion gallons of water for the year.

They continue to treat waste water this year, as well.

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