Even though we've seen more rain this summer than expected, our water supply continues to fall lower and lower.
So the city is moving forward with their emergency plan to recycle treated waste water that used to flow down the Red River.
Recycling the water that goes down your drains and toilets should be the reality next spring and the project is now a step closer to that goal.
Councilors approved issuing 13 million dollars in certificates to pay for the emergency water reuse project.
The borrowed funds will be repaid in part by the eight and a half percent increase in Wichita Falls residents' water rates.
Securing the money for the project now means Bowles Construction Company of Wichita Falls will move forward with the project this week.
“We've given him notice to proceed he is mobilizing his equipment this week and the pipe order has been placed we should be getting that pipe late this week or early next week,” says Wichita Falls Operations Manager Daniel Nix.
As soon as the pipe is delivered construction will begin pipe should start being installed next week.
And the faster the project is finished the better because that water may prove vital if forecasts are correct.
“We did receive a lot of rains through the summer and it did sustain us through the summer and we didn't trigger stage four as soon as we thought we would but we keep looking at the projection, the long term forecast, the National Weather Service is indicating that this drought will continue 3-6 months,” says Nix.
Nix says the project has stayed on course with the projected time line and should continue to stay on track as long as winter weather doesn't set them back.
And if you want more information about the details on the repayment of the debt you can call Murphy Davis with Sentry Management at (940)696-2100.
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