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Stage 2: Drought Warning
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•All irrigation (residential and commercial) will be reduced to once a week, Monday through Friday, based on the Water Rationing Zone Map or by calling 761-7401.

•No washing vehicles unless at a commercial car wash, dealership, automotive shop or detail shop.

•Fundraising car washes are prohibited.

•Driveways, patios and sidewalks cannot be washed unless an immediate health or safety risk is present

During a Stage 2 Drought Warning, the following surcharges will be applied to all applicable accounts:
a. For residential water meters:
i.    $0.50 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) between 10 CCF and 20 CCF;
ii.    $1.00 per CCF between 20 CCF and 40 CCF; and
iii.   $2.00 per CCF over 40 CCF.

b. For irrigation water meters:
i.    $0.50 per CCF between 0 CCF and 10 CCF;
ii.    $1.00 per CCF between 10 CCF and 20 CCF;
iii.   $2.00 per CCF between 20 CCF and 40 CCF; and
iv.   $4.00 for each CCF over 40 CCF.
Year round rules and restrictions are still in place and include:

•Absolutely no spray/sprinkler watering from 11:am to 6:pm.
•Soaker hoses, drip irrigation and bubblers can be used anytime
•Hand watering can be done anytime but the hose MUST have an attachment with a shutoff nozzle
For questions please contact the Wichita Falls Public Information Office at 761-7401 of the Public Works
Department at 761-7477.

Stage 2 Restriction Wording from the City Code of Ordinances
(3) In Stage 2 Drought, the following restrictions shall apply:
a. Irrigation.
1. It shall be unlawful to run outside irrigation systems (including sprinklers, automatic sprinkler systems and unattended hoses), except on the day of the week permitted for the area as identified on the water rationing zone map. An official copy of the water rationing zone map shall be kept on file in the office of the city clerk.

2. It shall be unlawful to utilize spray irrigation between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

3. Landscape watering is permitted any day at any time with a hand-held hose, soaker hose, bucket (five gallons or less), watering can, bubbler or drip irrigation system.

4. On days other than the day of the week permitted by the water rationing zone map, testing and troubleshooting of irrigation systems that involve the release of water is permissible any time, including between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., as long as a licensed plumber or irrigator is present on location during testing (and visible to the ticket writer). Testing and troubleshooting of irrigation systems by other than a licensed plumber or irrigator that involves the release of water is otherwise permissible only on the day of week and time of day permitted by the water rationing zone map.

5. New landscape waiver.
A waiver of this subsection may be granted for the irrigation of new landscaping plants whereby watering would be permitted to maintain adequate growth until the plants are established but not to exceed a 30-day time period. Any person wishing to obtain such a waiver must make application to the city Public Works Department and pay a nonrefundable fee as established by separate ordinance. The applicant must agree to pay a water rate that is three times the normal rate for that customer for all consumption over 10 CCF as registered by residential meters and all consumption as registered by irrigation meters or commercial meters.

6. Public and private golf courses.
1. Greens. Golf courses may utilize spray irrigation on greens at any time for the purpose of cooling golf course greens when warranted by weather conditions and only with run cycles of less than five minutes every 60 minutes. Golf course greens are exempt from the spray irrigation days established in subsection (d)(3)a of this section, and greens may be spray irrigated any day of the week, but will be subject to the prohibition of spray irrigation during the daylight hours between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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2. Tee boxes. It shall be unlawful for golf courses to spray irrigate tee boxes, except on the day of the week permitted for the area as identified on the water rationing zone map, but will be subject to the prohibition of spray irrigation during the daylight hours between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

3. Fairways. It shall be unlawful for golf courses to spray irrigate fairways, except on the day of the week permitted for the area as identified on the water rationing zone map, but will be subject to the prohibition of spray irrigation during the daylight hours between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

4. All other golf course features. It shall be unlawful for golf courses to spray irrigate any other landscape features, such as roughs, trees, shrubs, etc.

7. Nursery plant stock is exempt from the irrigation and landscape watering restrictions of this subsection.

b. Car washing.
1. It shall be unlawful to wash a vehicle at any location other than a commercial car wash, car dealership, detail shop or automotive shop.
2. The washing of a vehicle for health and safety reasons, sufficient to remove the hazard, is permitted any time.
3. Washing a vehicle with a bucket, on the day to water or on the lawn while watering, other than at a commercial car wash, car dealership, detail shop or automotive shop, is prohibited.
4. Fundraising car washes are prohibited.

c. Restaurants/bars/clubs/school cafeterias.
It shall be unlawful to provide drinking water to customers of restaurants, bars, or clubs, unless the customer requests such water.
d. Washing sidewalks, driveways, or concrete slabs.
It shall be unlawful to wash sidewalks, driveways, or concrete slabs; unless an immediate health or safety risk is present.

During a Stage 2 Drought Warning, the following surcharges will be applied to all applicable accounts:
a. For residential water meters:
i.    $0.50 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) between 10 CCF and 20 CCF;
ii.    $1.00 per CCF between 20 CCF and 40 CCF; and
iii.   $2.00 per CCF over 40 CCF.

b. For irrigation water meters:
i.    $0.50 per CCF between 0 CCF and 10 CCF;
ii.    $1.00 per CCF between 10 CCF and 20 CCF;
iii.   $2.00 per CCF between 20 CCF and 40 CCF; and
iv.   $4.00 for each CCF over 40 CCF.