Castaway Cove is ready to ride the wave into the 2015 season, but first the water park is looking for well water bidders to fill its pools.
“The water helped us by keeping the park open. We're not using the city's water supply," said Park Manager, Steve Vaughn.
In 2014, well water was hauled into Castaway Cove and cost about $70,000. By the end of the 2014 season, the water park had used 950,000 gallons of water, which was expected.
For the 2015 season, Vaughn said, "we're looking at spending anywhere from six to nine thousand gallons of water a day".
Currently, water is flowing into the pools from four tanks.
“Each of them are 3,000 gallons, so we have 12,000 gallons of storage that we keep full at all times and then in the evening or the morning, we top off the tanks as needed into the pools," said Vaughn.
Well water at Castaway Cove is the reason why Vaughn is thankful.
“I'm very happy it's open and I really hope that a lot of the people in our area can come out and enjoy the pool. If we would have closed it down, it would have cost thousands and thousands of dollars,"said Vaughn.
Money used to pay the awarded bidder will come from Castaway Cove's operating fund, and not the city of Wichita Falls' budget.
The company that Castaway Cove used for well water in 2014 was Green Touch Lawn and Landscape out of Wichita Falls. The company's contract goes until around May 19th.
Green Touch Lawn and Landscape is bidding again this year. The bids will close Wednesday, May 6th.
Castaway Cove will open for the 2015 season Saturday, May 9th.