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Wichita Falls water reuse project update

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WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

The Wichita Falls Water Reuse Project is in it's final phase and is on track to be finished in 2017.
Water plays a key role in every city.
    "Water is a lifeblood for any municipality," Russell Schreiber, Director of Public Works said. "If you don't have water, you don't have a city. You don't have anything."
You don't know how important it is until it's gone.
Schreiber said the drought opened the city's eyes.
    "It has changed how we plan for water," Schreiber said. "It has changed how we look at supply now. It has changed the overall reliability, or confidence in the reliability of the supply."
That is why Schreiber is optimistic about where the project stands.
In February, work began on the 17 mile pipeline from the River Road Wastewater Treatment Plant to Lake Arrowhead.
That water can be reused, cleaned, and pumped in to Lake Arrowhead.
Current projections are exciting.
    "The IPR project should, theoretically, keep Lake Arrowhead above 60 percent capacity 98 percent of the time," Schreiber said. "That is just unbelievable to me."
He believes another drought is going to happen. 
That is why having the permanent plan online is key.
    "When the IPR project goes online, it is like having a 10 million gallon rain over the reservoir everyday," Schreiber said. "Will we have to go into water restrictions during the next drought? Probably. Will we have to go all the way to stage four water restrictions or stage five like we were in the previous drought? Most likely not."
The pipeline is expected to be completed by July of 2017 and the entire project by next November.
Once complete, reusable water will be pumping into Lake Arrowhead.

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