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Drought Watch: Airport Water Retention

Drought Watch: Airport Water Retention

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The Wichita Falls Airport is helping the city save water by installing a water filtration system capable of holding 250,000 gallons of water. On Friday workers could be seeing building and installing rain tanks that will hold the water acting like a liner of a pond. They will help feed water into the bio filtration system and then be harvested for irrigation.

"What we’re doing is collecting all the rain water off this 33 acre site, including the rooftop runoff and then it will go into this system which will be cleaned the water will be cleaned through a focal point system which is actually a high performance bio filtration system," said Robin Neel of Construction ECO Services.

Even though the filtration has yet to be completed in just two weeks the entire area will be covered and look like grass field. Neel said the original plan was to have a filtration system twice the current size but after analyzing the average yearly rainfall the contractors and the city found that they did not need such a tank.

"So it's not only ecology a wonderful thing to do for the environment because we’re reusing the rainwater, but it’s also economical because it pays for its self in a short period of time," said Neel.

Dave Lilley is part of Trinity Hughes Construction he says that water was not a big issue four years ago, but as the drought continued to get worse the THC worked with the city to make water a top priority.

We always want to be conscious of the economics of anything we’re doing on behalf of the citizenry and behalf of the city, but here's and instances where ecology actually compliments the economics of this project. So when the opportunity arose during the construction of the site work to incorporate some rainwater harvesting options we pushed for that and the city was very receptive in fact, my compliments to the city they really were a leader on this item," said Lilley.

The filtration system will help keep any sort of jet fuel or sediment runoff from going into the landscape creeks and streams.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6