Olney Looks to Re-use Water in Drought

Published 02/21 2014 06:22PM

Updated 02/24 2014 04:47PM

Another Texoma town is looking to re-use its waste water because of the drought.

Olney officials say the city's lake level is the lowest in its history.

The city applied to the Texas Water Development Board to help fund the project, and a vote on the request was approved at a board meeting Monday in Lubbock.

For the financing and design phase, the city has applied for a loan of about $403,000, some of which would not have to be paid back.

The total construction cost of the project is estimated to be $2.5 million, and the city will apply for assistance of that cost as well.

However, city officials say any water re-use system would take at least a year before it could be up and running there.

Water is a very precious resource, and going through the drought situation that we have been for the last three or four years we are just not receiving the rainfall to replenish the lake levels. I don't think the waste water is the end all solve all to the problem, but it will help replenish the lakes and we can reclaim it and reuse it,” said Olney city manager, Danny Parker.

Currently the state is testing Olney's water to make sure it meets standards before the affluent water can be discharged to the city's lake.

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