Wichita Falls Applying for Water Board Money

Wichita Falls water users could be just a few weeks away from drinking recycled water as the emergency water reuse project is expected to be up and running in early July.

And while we wait for the green light from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, city officials are trying to secure the money for the permanent project.

They're working on the preliminary engineering plan and environmental assessment required for the project while they apply for a loan from the water development board.

“We're working on that right now, and then once we get that together we will have a definitive cost estimate in place, at that point we will go down to the water development board and close the loan,' says Public Works Director Russell Schreiber.

If approved the loan could save the city about 7 million dollars on the estimated 30 million dollar project.

It will take about 3 years to complete, and includes a permanent pump station at the River Road Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a pipeline to transport about 10 million gallons of treated water to Lake Arrowhead a day.

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