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DROUGHT WATCH: Water Reuse Project Almost Online

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 After 2 years in the making, the Water Reuse Project, now known as the Direct Potable Reuse Project will be going online after a long anticipated wait. The water is currently offline, but on Wednesday a contractor is coming out to redirect the water so it can flow in your faucets.

"That's correct, the contractor will be on site Wednesday," said Wichita Falls Public Utilities Manager Daniel Nix. "He will take apart all the temporary piping that we had in place for our testing, and he will reconnect the plant to the distribution system."

Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham says the reason the reuse project has taken so long, is because everyone involved in the project has wanted to make sure the water is safe and clean to drink.

"We are more than satisfied that it is safe to drink," said Mayor Barham. "It's cleaner than the water anybody can drink right now through our system I believe."

The reason Mayor Barham is satisfied, is because of the tremendous amount of data that's been collected during the testing phase.

"We collected a huge amount of data, and that's why we put together a 6,000 page report," said Daniel Nix.

The project was limited to run for only 6 months. After that, the Cypress Water Treatment Plant will have to add another layer of cleaning. That step will cost roughly $1 million.

"I think they're going to require us to have to use ultraviolet light. What will essentially be a sixth step in the reuse water," Mayor Barham said.

Officials tell us there is a possibility we could use the recycled water for up to 5 years. It will all depend on rain we may or may not see.

Brody Carter, Newschannel 6