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2013-03-21. Wichita Falls, Texas, Could Go Dry by Year's End

posted Apr 1, 2013, 12:59 PM by Alan Gould
| Audrey White, The Texas Tribune. Relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: The Texas government keeps a list of a communities that could run out of water within 180 days. Most are small, affecting a few hundred or few thousand people. But now there is a big city on the list — Wichita Falls, near the Oklahoma border, home to more than 100,000 people. Wichita Falls was added to the list last month when lake levels dropped to 40 percent and the city entered Stage 3 watering restrictions. Currently, residents can water only once per week, and city officials warn that the restrictions could tighten further sometime this summer. ...More than three-quarters of the state is experiencing drought, and weather experts expect little relief in the next few months. ...Wichita Falls will almost certainly implement Stage 4 drought restrictions by the end of summer, and perhaps as early as June, .... Most likely, Stage 4 will include no outdoor watering, no filling of pools and additional restrictions on car-wash businesses. Industrial users could also be affected, he said.  ...“all turf, trees, shrubs, flowers would have to die." Nix is working with the TCEQ to create and implement a water reuse system that would treat wastewater to return it to the drinking water supply, hopefully by early next year....  .... See full article at http://www.texastribune.org/2013/03/21/wichita-falls-among-cities-could-go-dry-years-end/.