The city of Wichita Falls, Texas, is ready to start its water reuse program any day now, as the Cypress Water Treatment Plant is fully prepared for the launch of the project. The facility will receive reused water from the River Road Treatment Plant and will mix it with drinking water before it sends the blend through to consumers.
Reused water is completely safe for households and businesses in the city, media reports say. Water that ends up in people's drains is collected at the River Road Wastewater Treatment Plant, where it starts its journey again. The water is treated, filtered and disinfected multiple times before it reaches the Cypress Water Treatment Plant. Before being delivered to consumers' homes, it has gone through seven filtrations and disinfection processes to ensure that it is crystal clear and meets all state and federal standards for water quality.
Operations Manager Daniel Nix explained that reused water is blended with lake water and all impurities are removed through reverse osmosis. Nix claimed that reverse osmosis is an excellent way to treat water because it is highly effective. But the plant has its own emergency plan if something harmful still found its way into the water. There are 57 alarm triggers that shut down various sections of the plant or the entire facility, if need be. In the event of that happening, Wichita Falls will be provided with 100 percent lake water until the problem has been resolved, Nix said.