While renewing their waste water permit, they asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to allow them to discharge their water into a creek where they would be able to collect some of it again and reuse it instead of having it all flow down the Little Wichita River.
TCEQ approved it but said they need to add two polishing ponds.
"The polishing ponds are to allow the water to have more detention time to filter out before they go into the Little Wichita River,” says Public Works Director Troy Potts.
Henrietta was planning to pay for the project by a Department of Agriculture grant set aside for cities in extreme droughts.
That $500,000 would cover the cost of the project but adding the new ponds cost $250,000 extra.
Henrietta can not afford the extra cost, so the project is dead for now. But they may apply for the funding next year and just get all the work done that they can. so in the future they may be able to complete the project.
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