WICHITA FALLS, TX - It may seem like a long time since Texoma residents had to watch every drop of water, as lakes almost dried up, but the city of Wichita Falls continues to expand its future water sources.
Last May, the city paid $360,000 for additonal studies of the Lake Ringgold project.
And the city hired a company to complete surveys for the water rights application, which was about to be submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, when it was discovered the state had changed the process for the applications.
Once all of their field data collection for environmental analysis and studies are completed, the application for state water rights will be submitted to the TCEQ.
It is an expensive and time consuming process that some may question as memory of the drought fades.
"Anytime we have the opporunity to create an additional supply -- whether that be reuse or whether long term that'd be another reservoir for the region -- we have to take those opportunities," Public Works Director, Russell Schreiber, said.
Once the rights to the water are established, the city would begin the 404 permiting process, which has to go through the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA and that will take several years.
After that comes land acquistion and design -- and then construction.
The total project will take decades to complete.
The Tarrant County Water District had originally been part of this project, but has since withdrawn.
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