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Drought Watch: City Looks To Lower Evaporation Lake Levels

Drought Watch: City Looks To Lower Evaporation Lake Levels

    Wichita Falls officials are checking out yet another way to save the water we still have.
Just a day after turning on the Temporary Water Reuse Project, officials are looking at more ways to protect and conserve what remains of the City's lakes. Next Tuesday, the Wichita Falls City Council will discuss spending $375,000 on a product called WaterSavr.

    During the summer months about 100,000,000 gallons of water are evaporating every day from the Wichita Falls lakes. The evaporation suppressant is expected to slow that evaporation by up to 30-percent.

     "If we could save about 10-percent that would be 4,500,000 gallons of water per day," said Wichita Falls Director of Public Works Russell Schreiber.

     The lime based product will not affect the drinking water supply. In fact lime is already used to treat City water. The Texas Environmental Quality Commission and the Water Development Board have given Wichita Falls officials the "green light" for the project.

     "We have those guys lined up to perform a monitoring program for us and we're going to let them tell us is the project effective how much water did it save us," said Schreiber.

    The WDB will run a 75 day test of the product that will include application and monitoring of the product.

Jack Carney, Newschannel6

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