Weatherford looks at water reuse project

With the ongoing drought looming, the City of Weatherford is looking at a water reuse project.

Officials with engineering firm Freese and Nichols said water reuse would be a money-saving alternative to pumping Tarrant Regional Water District water and would help the city maintain its desired Weatherford Lake level minimum of 888 feet above sea level, a requirement of the utility board, during times of drought.

The city is looking to reuse 4.5 million gallons of water per day from the waste water treatment plant and 1 million gallons per day from the water treatment plant in the form of filter backwash. The city will only have the right to reuse Weatherford water.

According to figures given to the Weatherford Democrat, by 2020, when the demand for water reaches 5,220 acre-feet per year, the city would experience an average annual savings of $419,800 at current TRWD rates.

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