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Wichita Falls Recycled Water Now Online

The city turned on the valves to send the retreated waste water back into the system Wednesday morning, after spending months making sure the water reuse system's safeguards are fully operational.
The city turned on the valves to send the retreated waste water back into the system Wednesday morning, after spending months making sure the water reuse system's safeguards are fully operational. The water will go through 7 different purification treatment processes, Including blending it with lake water and filtering it through the reverse osmosis process.

There are 57 alarm triggers that will shut down parts or all of the system if something goes wrong.

The water started flowing into the system at 8 Wednesday morning and city officials say they are excited to finally have this project online and are hopeful it will make a significant impact on stretching our water supply.

"We're glad to finally get through all the process and testing and prove that the water is safe to drink, " said Public Works Director Russell Schreiber.

Water going down your drain will now be put back into the drinking supply after 7 treatments including reverse osmosis and blending it with lake water. Depending on where you live, you may already have this reuse water flowing through your faucets. You may not notice the difference because it smells and tastes the same.

Residents around the Cypress Treatment Plant were probably using the recycled water Wednesday morning, but those that live farther out may not have the recycled water in their homes until Thursday.

And to make sure everything runs smoothly, the city is slowly adding the reuse water into the system.

"We want to make sure that we don't create a problem in the distribution system related to pressures and different things like that," Schreiber said.

Wednesday, they started treating 6 million gallons of water. By Friday they expect to be at full speed, treating 10 million gallons a day, yielding 5 million more gallons of new drinking water.

Schreiber says they will continue to check with the operators to make sure everyone is settling into their new roles and will continue sending water samples to outside labs to make sure everything is working as planned.

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