More money needed for WF water reuse project

More money needed for WF water reuse project

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Wichita Falls water reuse project has been going on for years and is close to completion.
But the city needs more money to finish the work.
On Tuesday city council will consider approving two resolutions for close to $400,000 dollars towards the project.
Water is the lifeblood of any community.
That is why city council will vote on two change orders. 
They want the project to be done right.
"This line is going to be in place for decades," Russell Schreiber, Director of Public Works said. "And if things are going to ware out on it, we have to be able to get to these facilities to maintain them for the long term."
On Tuesday city council will look to pass two resolutions for more project money.
But why do they need the extra funds?
"You make your best guess at what you think you are going to run up against out there," Schreiber said. "But there are times when you couldn't see that coming."
He said the changes include new work to the River Road Waste water Treatment Plant and air relief valves for the pipe that will run from the plant to Lake Arrowhead.
"You have got to make some adjustments," Schreiber said. "You are going to have to move a few things around. And those things cost money."
Schreiber insists the changes are common and have to be made.
"When you have a project that is worth $16 million dollars and another that is $9 million dollars, having a couple hundred thousand dollar change order here and there is not significant," Schreiber said.
He said that the city is currently under budget on the project and the additional money will not cost citizens more money.
He added that there will be more change orders before the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
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