WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -The next phase for the permanent Indirect Potable Reuse project is moving forward Tuesday, after Wichita Falls City Councilors approved a $16 million bid for phase two.
The bid was awarded to Archer Western Construction, LLC, from Irving, Texas, for $16,026,000.00. The bid came in about $2.5 million under budget.
“With this project we will capture that water and we get to put it back into our supply,” said Russell Schreiber, Wichita Falls Director of Public Works. “We get to put it back into the lakes and use it again for our supply.”
The improvements include: the construction of new chemical facilities, wastewater treatment process units, pumping facilities, infrastructure improvements, and associated works, according to city officials.
“It involves some chemical treatment to remove phosphorus, and we want to add some cloth filtration out there,” said Schreiber.
While Schreiber said the city is losing around nine million gallons a day, the IPR project will be capable of handling much more, once complete.
The city will eventually have the capability of capturing 16 million gallons of water a day that will be treated at the wastewater treatment plant, then travel 17 miles and end at Lake Arrowhead.
“It’s a tremendous boost to our overall water supply. It will certainly make us a lot more drought tolerant,during the next drought,” said Schreiber.
The pipeline project, or phase one, was approved by councilors back in November 2015. The installation is set to begin in February.
Meanwhile, phase two of the project is expected to take about 60 to 90 days before getting underway. The overall IPR project is expected to be complete and online in about two years.