Texoma has received some rain but not enough to stop the City of Wichita Falls from elevating to Stage 4 water restrictions later this summer.
So today, city councilors received a progress report on the status of a long- term project to provide the city with more drinking water.
The Permanent Reuse Project will allow the city to take treated waste water and deposit it into Lake Arrowhead and store it there for future use while it builds up the lake level at the same time.
Councilors approved CDM Smith, Incorporated to perform modeling and permitting work.
It's work Wichita Falls Public Works officials say is necessary to secure a Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit from the Texas commission on Environmental Quality.
"The modeling in the permit will actually establish the perimeters and the level of treatment, or the levels of additional treatment that needs to be done at the River Road Waste Water Plant," says Russell Schreiber, public works director for the City of Wichita Falls.
Councilors approved the contract amount with CMD Smith for the permanent reuse project for an amount of no more than $131,000.
This permanent reuse project is separate from the temporary project where a pipe would run from Lake Arrowhead to the Cypress Water Treatment Plant.
That's where lake water would be mixed with waste water, and would be treated 3 times to create more drinking water.