What is a Drought Plan?

A drought plan is a document mandated by the State of Texas for each Public Water Supply to have on file. It directs the actions that a Public Water Supply takes to try and conserve as much water as possible in the event of a natural drought or man-made emergency. The City's drought plan has been enacted during the last two droughts and has proven effective. These plans are updated every five years and submitted to the State of Texas for approval. The City updated the latest plan in 2018. This plan included several innovations to make it more effective (taking into account lessons learned from the drought of 2011-2015.

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1. Why is the City just now issuing water violation citations is Stage 1 went into effect in January?
2. How do I know if I received a citation?
3. What are the Dos and Don'ts for a water restriction enforcement employees?
4. What do I do if I receive the water violation notice?
5. How can I report a violation?
6. How does the long-term resuse project work?
7. Why can't you just cut the budget to make up the difference and not raise rates?
8. So, why can’t the City cut fixed costs?
9. What are some of the main reasons water rates have gone up?
10. Are you going to do anything to minimize the impact on water users?
11. Why does this seem to only be happening in Wichita Falls?
12. Why is my water bill still pretty high?
13. How do I read my water bill?
14. What is a CCF?
15. Why doesn’t the City use gallons instead of units?
16. Did the City wait too long to start looking for more water?
17. Is the City still looking at building Lake Ringgold?
18. Why didn't the City dredge Lake Wichita when the Corps of Engineers or highway contractors offered?
19. Why doesn’t the City use Lake Wichita as a water source?
20. How much are the water violation fines?
21. Why are the fines for water violations so much and who gets all the money?
22. What is the Water Resources Commission and what do they do?
23. I thought the City Council was making all water restriction decisions.
24. What is a Drought Plan?