The Direct Potable Reuse Project (Temporary Water Reuse) has produced one billion gallons of drinking water within the past seven months.
Looking to the future, Daniel Nix, the Operations Manager at the Cypress Water Treatment Plant, said that the Direct Potable Reuse Project will continue to be used until, "such time that we get rain and we're able to connect to our Indirect Potable Reuse (Permanent Water Reuse) which will be our permanent project. We continue to explore water resources for the future. Not just for the next 3, 4 or 5 years, but all the way out to 2070".
Nix is also looking at what groundwater is available, the quality of it and when to build Lake Ringgold. There are already plans to tap into Lake Kemp.
“We are working with T.C.E.Q. (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) right now on kind of a phase two for our Direct Potable Reuse where we will start blending Lake Kemp water back with the waste water effluent. With Lake Kemp coming back into the equation, we could maybe make it all of the way to November of 2019 and that's four years worth of water," said Nix.
For now, Nix is thanking residents for their support.
“How they've embraced the mandatory restrictions and even their support for the Reuse Project, all of this is paying dividends now. We're able to come back to the public and say we're producing safe water, what you're doing and what we're doing is working," said Nix.
With conservation and water restrictions, Wichita Falls residents have cut their water usage by 65 percent. Once you add in the reuse project, that's an additional 15 percent. This all means that we're using 20 percent of water that would have been used during the summer.
Plans for the Indirect Potable Reuse Project are moving forward. The project is expected to be finished by 2017.