Wichita Falls is now pumping a combination of treated waste water and lake water through the taps. The Temporary Water Reuse Project officially went online at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. City leaders are excited to see the project finally flowing.
Two weeks ago Texas state agencies officially approved the treated wastewater was ready for human consumption. The water will travel from your tap or toilet to the River Road Waste Water Treatment Plant. It will then travel through a 12 mile pipe until it reaches the Cypress Water Treatment Plant.
"We're treating it through our advanced water treatment with the micro filtration and reverse osmosis purifying it up even further, in fact you don't get any purer than that. We take that water and treat it with lake water and treat it through another conventional plant and then its ready for you and me to drink," said Daniel Nix, Operations Manager for the Cypress Water Treatment Plant.
The project will save Wichita Falls about five million gallons of water per day. Nix says on average Wichita Falls uses 13 million gallons of water per day. Only a few years ago the average water use was nearly four times that amount.
"So we've gone from 40 to only withdrawing seven from the lake each day in the middle of July," said Nix.
Nix said he has no concerns about the water quality. He even took a minute to share a cup of the water with me.