Wichita Falls: At A Glance
The City of Wichita Falls is moving in the right direction on water conservation. The City has set quite strong conservation goals for 2024 and 2029. In order to meet those goals, Wichita Falls is implementing a relatively high number of best management practices, relative to other Texas cities, and the City has improved its water auditing to reflect a lower water loss percentage than was reported in the 2016 scorecard . However, the City’s water loss rate is relatively high and should be a focus of attention. Moreover, Wichita Falls should consider additional steps such as strengthening the conservation pricing signal in its water rate structure and implementing days-per-week outdoor watering restrictions on an ongoing basis to help assure that the City is able to meet its strong water conservation goals for future years.
The City of Wichita Falls is in North Texas near the Red River, the border with Oklahoma, in the Region B water planning area. Wichita Falls provides retail water service to a population of 104,000, as well as wholesale water to other retail providers in the region. The City’s primary sources of drinking water are Lakes Arrowhead and Kickapoo. Wichita Falls constructed and put into service an Indirect Potable Reuse project to discharge wastewater effluent into Lake Arrowhead in January 2018.
The overall score for the City of Wichita Falls has improved significantly since the 2016 scorecard. Wichita Falls corrected its previous erroneously reported water loss percentage - 28.1% (a result of errors in the City’s most recent water audit report at the time). The water loss percentage reported by Wichita Falls in the most recent Water Loss Audit available for the 2020 scorecard is 13.29% [K2] . Wichita Falls has set strong conservation goals for 2024 in its 2019 WCP, and the City reports that it has increased its number of implemented BMPs from 10 to 15. However, Wichita Falls did not meet the 2019 conservation goals it set in its 2014 WCP, nor has the City strengthened its outdoor watering restrictions beyond time-of-day limitations.
The City of Wichita Falls can continue to improve its water conservation record by expanding the current outdoor watering restrictions to include days-per-week limitations. This step, as well as reducing water loss, would help the City of Wichita Falls achieve its water conservation goals for the future.