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State Representative Offers Support on Drought

One state representative has Wichita Falls's back when it comes to the drought.

Texas State Representative James Frank lives in Wichita Falls so he understands the struggles and frustrations Texoman's feel on a daily basis.  Not only has he tasted the water from the temporary water reuse project, he also works hard every day to conserve as much water as he can.  He also pays the increased water rates every month.

“Knowing first hand what we're doing here in the city of Wichita Falls and the challenges we're facing,” Public Works Director Russell Schreiber said, “It's extremely valuable.”

Many Texomans wonder if we will ever make it out of this drought, since it's the worst one on record.  City leaders said it's not the first drought Texomans have experienced and it won't be the last.

“The drought of the 30's caused Lake Kickapoo to be built,” Schreiber said, “The drought in the 50's, Lake Arrowhead was built.  The same thing will happen here.”

City leaders explained how they are looking to the future at the Red River Regional Water Resource Conference hosted by the Red River Valley Association on Wednesday.  Basically, they gave the public an idea of what city leaders are doing.  They talked about the temporary water reuse project, cloud seeding, the evaporation project, and more.  Schreiber said they are working on the long range plan.

“We are going to get out of this drought.  We're going to make it through this drought,” he said.

Representative Frank said all of the attention Wichita Falls has gotten because of the drought is a good thing.

“Wichita Falls is kind of the poster child of the drought right now and really, that's kind of a good thing.  We're getting a lot of input.  Incoming Governor Abbott, born in Wichita Falls, he's very interested in what's going on here.  So yeah, there is a lot of good collaboration going on.”

Looking towards the next legislative session, Representative Frank said they will continue to look for solutions to help with the drought.

“We'll continue the implementation of what we did last session with the infrastructure bank and the city has already applied for some money under what we did last session,” Representative Frank said, “Then expanding on what the water development board is doing in terms of helping with the water supply.”

Another topic at the Regional Water Resource Conference was El Nino. 

“I've gotten to the point to where I almost stop believing what the weather pattern is going to be,” Schreiber said, “Like I said in my presentation, they were predicting a strong El Nino and now that's not going to happen.”

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6
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