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Town Hall Meeting: Drought Discussion

State Representative James Frank hosted a town hall meeting at Midwestern State University Friday night to provide an opportunity for residents and city leaders to discuss drought solutions.

MSU's Dillard College of Business Administration auditorium was packed with concerned residents.

"If you don't have water, you don't have a city.  It's very important.  It's definitely on the minds of people right now," said Representative Frank.

Representative Frank along with Wichita Falls city officials explained what measures are being taken at the state and city level.

"It is explaining what the city has done already, basically lengthening our reservoir life and keeping water here.  Also, what is underway already and the possible projects on the horizon," said Representative Frank.

Topics that were discussed included reverse osmosis to treat Lake Kemp, cloud seeding and the Direct Potable Reuse Project.  Residents who attended the meeting came prepared with questions.

"What can we do to get help from the feds and from the state to help us get the infrastructure within the city fixed in a much quicker fashion? That's water that we're losing," asked one resident.

Officials also revealed they are looking into evaporation mitigation, additional groundwater possibilities and purchase of water and pipelines to groundwater sources east and west of the area.

Wichita Falls city manager Darron Leiker said this event was beneficial not only to residents but also city leaders as they work to move forward.

"By learning what questions we had tonight, I took away what we need to do better at in terms of communication," he said.

Residents who missed the meeting will have another opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions.  The mayor's town hall meeting will be held on March 27th at the MPEC to discuss water and other issues within the community.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel 6. 

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