Official Reuse Water Verification Tests Have Started

- The recycled waste water Wichita Falls water users will soon be drinking has started it's official testing process.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality arrived from Austin Sunday night to help start the tests at midnight.

Wichita Falls' Operations Manager Daniel Nix says even though it's only been a few hours since they started, things are going well and he's happy with the information the TCEQ has provided them.

Last Thursday the Public Works Department got the news they had been waiting for -- the TCEQ said they can start testing the reuse water with a few small changes to their plan.

“It is requesting that we make some alterations to our engineering report, basically it's just some wording and some formatting,” says Nix.

Now the TCEQ is at the treatment plant to make sure everything checks out. That way, when testing is over, the water will start going to homes and businesses as soon as possible.

“We're gonna go over our report that will be done at the end of the 45 days and make sure that we have it formatted how they'd like it to be formatted. That will facilitate a fast review of it,” says Nix.

That report will show the data results of the way the plant is functioning and whether the water quality passes drinking water standards.

The TCEQ will take about 30 to 45 days to review that report.

And if everything goes well, Wichita Falls water customers could start getting the recycled water by May.

Nix says the city requested the TCEQ help with the first round of tests because they are cutting down the normal testing process from 90 days to 45. So, they want to make sure everything gets done right the first time.

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