Architects, engineers and Wichita Falls city staff members are moving forward with a plan to conserve water runoff at the new Wichita Falls Regional Airport.
Newschannel 6 first told you about the proposal to collect rain and waste water in April, when we met with architect David Potter.
At a cost of $400,000, engineers are now looking to build two water storage tanks on the grounds. Both would collect condensation from H-VAC units on the terminal roof, as well as runoff from the parking lot, Tarmac and other areas.
The smaller tank, at between 20,000 and 40,000 gallons will be used exclusively for two waterfall features on the property and would not be connected to the city water system. Wichita Falls Director of Aviation, Traffic and Transportation John Burrus said, "If we run out of water in that set of tanks we will not use potable water to service those water features. We designed it so it would look nice if water was not flowing over the falls."
Engineers working on the water retention system believe they can have the smaller tank full nearly the entire year.
The larger, 200,000 gallon tank will be used for irrigating plants around the new terminal. This tank would be hooked up to the city water system, but would only be used in conjunction with the drought restrictions in place at the time.
If the drought doesn't get better by the time crews are looking to do the landscaping, Burrus said they simply won't plant anything. He said, "The last thing we wanted to do was plant landscape, not be able to water it, then be out a $200,000 investment."
90% of the projected $400,000 project will be picked up by the FAA, with the city contributing about $40,000. Burrus says they're still operating within their budget and on schedule.