Posted on 06/27/2018

The City of Willow Park will be transitioning into Stage 3 in its Water Conservation Plan beginning on Friday, June 29, 2018.  Currently, the City is in Stage 2.  Under Stage 3, residents are allowed to water from the hours of 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM only.  Even numbered addresses are allowed to water on Sunday and Thursday.  Odd numbered addresses are allowed to water Saturday and Wednesday.  Hand watering and soaker hoses are allowed at all times during Stage 3.


Residents will see “Stage 3” posted at various locations throughout the city and residential areas.  It will also be posted on the City’s webpage and Facebook page in the coming days. 


While demand certainly plays a role in the movement to Stage 3, the main and most direct cause is that City wells are simply not producing as they have in the past.  “We are not seeing wells produce and supply water to our tanks as we have in that past” City Administrator Bryan Grimes said.  Public Works Director Ramon Johnson added, “We have one well that was producing 28 gpm and that is now producing 14 gpm.  That is a 50% reduction in production and supply to our tanks.  That is a significant negative impact.   There are multiple wells on our system that has seen similar reduction in production. This is a well supply issue.”


To emphasis that point, in May of 2017, the City of Willow Park wells were producing approximately 1.3 million gallons per day (gpd).  Today, those same wells are producing approximately 1.087 million gallons per day.  That is over a 200,000 gpd loss of supply in over a year.


The City of Willow Park is taking action now to help alleviate this situation.  Well #9, which has not been online for several months, is now being put online no later than Friday, June 29, 2018.  That will add approximately 100,000 gpd to the system.  This should provide some relief immediately.   The City of Willow Park will take further steps as soon as practical to resolve this supply issue, including re-drilling wells, cleaning wells, adding new wells, and re-construction of  casing on existing wells.


The City of Willow Park asks our customers to comply with the Stage 3 water restriction.  Failure to do so, will result in warnings, and potential fines ranging from $50 - $500.

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