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Drought Watch: Water Reuse Project Update

Drought Watch: Water Reuse Project Update

According to Russell Schreiber the Wichita Falls Temporary Water Reuse Project is ready to run. However, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said that they want more testing to be done before they give Wichita Falls the green light to make the $13 million dollar project operational. The Public Works Director Russell Schreiber said the city plans to do a 30 day test run in mid-May to make sure no aspect of the project overlooked.

"With this additional testing, we'll be able to do that and train our operators and make sure their rock solid on how this plant will operate with the reuse program," said Schreiber.

A lot of other Texas towns that are suffering from their own unique drought disasters have their eyes fixed on the falls. Schreiber said what happens in Wichita Falls in regards to water could become a management strategy for other municipalities.

"This kind of sets the bar, in fact the TCEQ even admitted they kind of see this as setting the standard. I think what that means for other cities is if you’re going to propose a direct potable reuse project this is the standard your going to be held to," said Schreiber.

The project runs from the River Road Waste Water Treatment Plant to the Cypress Water Treatment Plant. The city has already invested and installed over 63,000 feet of pipe that will be carrying 7.5 million gallons of water. Once the any water leaves the River Road Waste Water Treatment Plant it will be treated, tested and redistributed into the City's potable water supply.

Wichita Falls resident Tom Horn said that the idea of taking water from toilet to tap sounds a little crazy. Horn said he's a little worrisome, but thinks that if it means clean water he would be proud to say a project like this was birthed in Wichita Falls.

"If it's clean water were going to have to use it, we all need the water no matter how we look at it," said Horn.

Schreiber said that the city and the state will do everything they can to get the project up and running as quick as possible. Even though the city wants the project up and running Schreiber said they won't sacrifice safety for speed.

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                Jack Carney, Newschannel 6

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