WICHITA FALLS, Kan. — City councilors voted to let carwashes stay on city water through January, even if lake levels fall below 20 percent, according to Texomashomepage.com.

Originally the council had voted that carwashes could not use city water once lake levels fell below the mark, said the article.

However, councilors did not want to hurt small businesses and their employees, noted the article.

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All American Car Wash Manager Jim Caddotte said he appreciated the decision, but he is still concerned about what will happen if he has to find an alternative water source, explained the article.

“The additional cost of water will change from approximately 4-6 thousand dollars a month in our water bills today to approximately $40,000 in hauled water,” shared Caddotte in the article. “The water is cheap but as you know diesel is expensive and paying people to get it to you. So it's quite a challenge for us to be viable in that.”

The town’s mayor was the only dissenting vote, and some residents felt restrictions are too little too late.

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