Lake Levels Decline Slightly As Drought Persists
Recent rains have had virtually no impact on the areas watershed. The City of Wichita Falls has released the latest lake level numbers and the picture continues to be a grim one.
Lake Levels as of December 30, 2013: Lake Arrowhead 27.7%, Lake Kickapoo 31.9%; combined total is 28.8%. This is a .1 percent decline from one week ago and a 2 percent drop in the past 60 days.
City officials say conservation measures have helped, as the levels could be 5 to 10 percent lower by this point without those measures. The Stage 4 drought restrictions will continue until lake levels go back above the 30 percent mark. Only rains that fall within the watershed areas in Baylor, Archer and Clay Counties have an impact on these lakes, which supply water to Wichita Falls and several surrounding communities.
Work is, for the most part, complete on the emergency water line from the River Road
waste water plant to the Cypress Water Treatment facility and that water should be in the system in the coming weeks. The line will deliver 7.5 million gallons of water to the treatment plant daily.