The plan to turn wastewater into drinking water has been in the making for some time.
Created by timesrecordnews on May 5, 2014
Last updated: 06/16/15 at 01:30 PM
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The end of the second full-scale verification test of the city’s direct potable reuse project ended the same way as the first one — the water purification process performed exactly like it was supposed to, providing clean drinking water.
Water operators at Cypress Water Treatment Plant flipped the switch for a second state-mandated test.
Wichita Falls’ water reuse project continues to garner national – and even international – attention, popping up on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and other media outlets.
Wichita Falls representatives and the TCEQ agreed another testing period was needed for the DRP.
More information about the new test period and what is involved will be available when city staff is able to brief the Wichita Falls City Council at the May 6 meeting.
More than 5,300 pages of data contained in seven 5-inch, three-ringed binders are sent to TCEQ.
City completes full-scale verification test.
DRP project hits milestone and city conducts a clean-in-place procedure as part of testing procedures required by the state.
Full-scale verification test begins.
City officials submit a permit to TCEQ, starting the process for the state agency to establish test and water quality requirements for a 45-day full-scale verification test.
Crews complete construction of the emergency reuse pipeline.
Construction begins of the 12-mile long pipe that connects River Road Wastewater Treatment Plant to Cypress Water Treatment plant.
Wichita Falls City Council approves $13 million in bonds to be used for the direct potable reuse system.
Wichita Falls and the surrounding area has and continues to experience the worst drought on record.
Since the beginning of 2011, the city has lost more than 30 inches of rain, and lake levels have dropped to historic lows.