Funding approved to rehab one of city's most important pipes

Funding approved to rehab one of city's most important pipes

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - The City of Wichita Falls is preparing for a large project to rehabilitate a pipe that sits below Holliday Creek and carries about 75 percent of the city's wastewater in it.

On Tuesday, city councilors passed a resolution to spend $259,383 on a design for the $3.6 million project.

Director of Public Works Russell Schreiber said the city did an assessment of the pipe and was concerned with the results.

Schreiber said the project is a top priority because the city needs to protect the pipe at all costs.

"Failure of this line just cannot be an option," Schreiber said. "There would be so much wastewater flow that would flow into Holliday Creek and into the Wichita River eventually before we could ever get that stopped."

Schreiber said there have been some failures to the pipe in the past and rehabilitating it is the only option. He's hoping construction begins on it in early 2019 at Holliday Creek north of Midwestern Parkway.

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