Emergency Water Reuse Pipeline Getting Finishing Touches

- If you live in Wichita Falls you will soon be one step closer to drinking recycled water that goes down our drains and gets flushed down our toilets.

Construction for the emergency water reuse pipeline is expected to be wrapped up in about a week and a half.

Wichita Falls' Director of Public Works, Russell Schreiber says the project is ahead of schedule with about 98% of it complete. So now it's all about connecting the different parts so the water flows smoothly.

The pump that will pull water from the River Road Wastewater Treatment plant up into The Emergency Water Reuse Pipeline is now in place.

“We have to flush the line, we're gonna do that next week sometime likely we want to back flush and make sure any mud or anything that may have gotten into that line is out and then there will be one final tie in in Williams Park where they will tie the two pieces together,” says Schreiber.

Then there will be extra work at The Cypress Water Treatment Facility.

“We have to cut the pipes loose from the R-O plant to the 2010 plant we have to severe those pipes and make some different connections for back wash water and different disposal of that back wash water,” says Schreiber.

Once all the pieces are connected they can start cycling water through the whole system, testing the four part treatment process.

When the water goes down your drain, it ends up at The River Road Wastewater Treatment Plant. Then it gets pumped down the pipeline where chlorine is added on the way to the Cypress Water Treatment Facility. There it goes through micro filtration and the reverse osmosis plant.

Next the water is mixed with water from Lake Kickapoo and Lake Arrowhead and filtered again through a few different processes.

After that it's ready to drink. But before you get a chance to taste it, Shreiber says, “We will probably maybe cycle through it for a day or two to get feel for it to make sure every things reading right and working correctly then we will tell TCQ we are ready to start verification tests."

Those test are expected to last about 40 days.

Schreiber says they should be able to start testing the water in January and we should be able to start drinking it in the spring. Schreiber says it will be about one third of our water supply.

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