Wichita Falls Water Contamination Is Up

Wichita Falls Water Contamination Is Up

Many unregulated contaminates in your drinking water have more than doubled since last year including chloroform, which is mainly used as a general anesthetic.

Cypress Water Treatment Plant officials said the increase is due to new testing procedures that were implemented this year.

Although, Cypress Operations Manager, Daniel Nix, said the water is completely safe to drink.

"Absolutely, I drink the tap water now and my family drinks it," said Cypress Operations Manager, Daniel Nix.

The Cypress Water Purification Superintendent, Mark Southard, said mandatory language from the Environmental Protection Agency indicates a certain risk in the quality report.

The EPA said that infants, the elderly, and anyone with immune system disorders can be at risk for infections.

"But it is mandatory language that people talk with their doctors just in case there is any concern on their part from drinking the water," said Southard.

This year's water quality report doesn't include water from the direct potable reuse project.

Southard said contaminates have increased because of a new averaging system they use to calculate current contaminates. He said even though these numbers indicate water with more contaminates in some areas, the reuse water will actually make it better.

"We've actually seen as good or better quality of water with the finished water product than what we had prior to starting the direct potable reuse project," said Southard.

City leaders say they'll be the first to raise a glass, contaminates or not.

Here is a link to the 2014 Drinking Water Quality Report: http://bit.ly/1jiNrNr

Here is a link to the 2013 Drinking Water Quality Report: http://bit.ly/1n9bZYv

If you have any questions regarding your water, please call the Cypress Water Treatment Plant at (940) 691-1153.

Brody Carter, Newschannel 6