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City of Henrietta enters Stage 4 water restrictions, increases rates

Lake Arrowhead has dropped to 28.8 percent capacity, spurring city leaders in Henrietta and Wichita Falls to enact stage 4 water restrictions.

Lake Arrowhead has dropped to 28.8 percent capacity, spurring city leaders in Henrietta and Wichita Falls to enact stage 4 of their respective drought contingency plans. Additional water restrictions in Henrietta begin immediately. 

The City of Henrietta has enacted stage 4 water restrictions effective immediately, a measure approved by the Henrietta City Council Tuesday night.

The council also enacted new water rates for consumers.

The new restrictions were triggered by the City of Wichita Falls, which initiated stage 4 of its drought contingency plan on Monday after it was announced that the combined levels of Lake Arrowhead and Lake Kickapoo dipped to 30 percent. Restrictions for the City of Wichita Falls begin Saturday.

Water released from Lake Arrowhead, an impoundment on the Little Wichita River, are required to fill the City of Henrietta reservoir. On Monday, Lake Arrowhead was at 28.8 percent capacity.

Henrietta is guaranteed 1,560 acre-feet of water per year. On Oct. 11-14, the city received its third water release of the year, and has taken in a total of 520 acre-feet.

New water rates will affect resident water customers using more than 2,000 gallons per month, and all customers living outside of the city limits. The minimum rate of $21.50 per month for Henrietta residents will not change, while non-resident customers will see the basic rate increase from $31.50 to $42. See rates below. The cost of bulk water purchases will increase from 25 cents for nine gallons to 25 cents for five gallons.

Stage 4 restrictions prohibit all outdoor irrigation by hose-end sprinklers, automatic sprinkler systems, soaker hoses and drip irrigation. Irrigation of landscaped areas will be allowed on designated days — odd numbered dates for odd numbered addresses, and even numbered dates for even numbered addresses — by handheld hose or buckets between the hours of midnight to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight.

The use of water to wash any motor vehicle, including cars and trucks, motorcycles, motorhomes, boats or airplanes, is prohibited, except for businesses such as commercial car and truck washes and concrete pavers.

The filling or refilling of pools and hot tubs is prohibited if using potable water.

The use of water for washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, streets, tennis courts, patios and other paved areas, except to alleviate health hazards, is prohibited.

The washing of homes, office buildings, businesses or industrial equipment and machinery is prohibited.

The use of ornamental water fountains is prohibited.

To knowingly permit the escape of water through defective plumbing is prohibited.

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