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Burkburnett Plans for More Water Wells

When there isn't enough water on the ground, where do you go?
When there isn't enough water on the ground, where do you go?

Several Texoma cities have decided to dig underground.

Burkburnett city officials say digging more water wells has been on their minds for the last couple of years. Now that they've finally found the land, they're getting ready to begin drilling.

Burkburnett city leaders hope a 460 acre plot of land will be the answer to some of their water woes. There they plan to dig 25 new water wells to pump about one million gallons of water a day.

But even with plans to provide more water on their own, Burkburnett Public Works Director Mike Whaley says they'll still have to depend on Wichita Falls.

“We would still utilize the Wichita Falls wholesale contract during our peak demands which is generally June, July and August,” he said.

It's during those months the city uses about 2.2 million gallons when they are not in a drought.

And they hope that the project will not only help in this drought, but for those that come in the future.

“Even without these drought conditions is securing water supply for the community not just for today or tomorrow but for the next 60 years,” Whaley said.

City officials say they are waiting for the plans for the water wells.

They plan to break ground on the project after the new year and hope to have the wells completed before next year's peak season.
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