For many years, Burkburnett has been looking for a way to increase their water supply, but they never found the right plot of land.
Last year they were able to acquire 500 acres across from the city's water plant and now they're drilling water wells.
What looks to be a pipe leak is a good sign to crews. It's the final stage of the construction of water wells as air under high pressure is blown through the pipe, helping set the gravel pack around the well.
Soon Burkburnett hopes to complete this process on 28 water wells. They say is would add one million more gallons of water per day to the city, reaching the city's maximum capacity at its water treatment plant.
“Our water treatment plant max. capacity is two million gallons per day and sometimes in peak demand we reach up to 2.2 to 2.5 million,” Mike Whaley, Burkburnett's assistant city manager said.
Whaley says five test wells were drilled prior to digging the production wells, part of a "Civ" analysis.
“It's kind of a soil analysis on sizing for the screen and the casing as well as the gravel pack around the well,” Whaley said.
The total project is estimated to cost the city three million dollars.
But, even if the wells produce as much water as hoped, it won't be enough to make them water independent
“This will help us to be more independent from that system as well as help the city of Wichita Falls and being able to meet the needs of other communities in North Texas as well,” he said.
Once the water wells are completed TCEQ will have to run some tests on the water.
Burkburnett hopes the first glass of water from the wells will be available by the first of June.
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