How Wichita Falls Turned a Drought Into Enlightenment

Quick and creative action helped Wichita Falls develop a direct potable water reuse system in the face of an historic four-year drought.
How Wichita Falls Turned a Drought Into Enlightenment
The team at the Cypress Water Treatment Plant includes, front row, from left, Nolan Mulholland, plant operator I; Warren Richardson, operator II; Steve Forbes, operations and maintenance supervisor; Samantha Reeder, senior laboratory technician; and Sherri Hitchcock, administrative clerk; back row, Mark Southard, superintendent of water source; Michael Miller, lead plant operator; Daniel Nix, operations manager of public utilities; and Hunter Adams, water laboratory supervisor.

Drought. You wouldn’t call it a blessing in disguise, but it may have a positive side.

That’s becoming evident at Wichita Falls, Texas, where the utility fast-tracked an emergency direct potable reuse (DPR) system three years ago and is now converting it into an indirect...

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