Frank: Slowing Evaporation Will Sustain City through Drought

By Melissa Foy |

Published 07/31 2014 05:02PM

Updated 07/31 2014 05:07PM

Lake Arrowhead
Lake Arrowhead/KFDX
District 69 Representative James Frank says the key to save water supplies in Wichita Falls and the surrounding area is to figure out a way to reduce the evaporation rate.

Frank says evaporation in the biggest user of water from Wichita Falls' reservoirs, consuming three times more water than the rest of the city combined.

City officials are now trying a $375,000 experiment to slow the evaporation rate at Lake Arrowhead by spreading an anti-evaporation powder over the lake.

Frank says it's that type of thinking that will sustain us through this drought.

If that powder, called Watersavr, is effective, Frank says it would be a game-changer in ensuring adequate water supplies for the city, saving 4.5-9 million gallons of water a day until our lakes begin to rise again.

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