City Council to revisit curbing evaporation project

Wichita Falls Times Record News (TX), 2014-07-12

July 12 -- The Wichita Falls City Council will revisit the ordinance to authorize a $375,000 evaporation suppression project at its meeting Tuesday.

The WaterSavr evaporation control product is a fine powder that can be dispersed over a body of water to help prevent evaporation up to 35 percent.

High winds and the vast size of Lake Arrowhead caused initial testing of the product to be less than desirable.

Public Works Director Russell Schreiber said the manufacturer of the product came out here to help resolve the problems.

"We're changing up the application process. The manufacturer has been here and brought up some different equipment. I definitely believe they can put it (the powder) in effectively now," said Schreiber.

The new system involves a vacuum pump to more effectively emulsify the powder directly into a tank of water to pour onto the lake.

If approved, an effectiveness study will be conducted for 70-75 days.

The Texas Water Development Board will measure the effectiveness of the evaporation suppression.

The city of Wichita Falls and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will test the safety and quality of the water.

Schreiber said after the testing period, the city will determine if whether the WaterSavr product is something it wants to use for a longer period of time.

The $375,000 is for the initial 70-75 day testing period, and they will then determine if whether they need to purchase more of the product.

After the regular council meeting, there will be a pre-budget workshop for fiscal year 2014-2015.

City Manager Darron Leiker said, "The purpose of this will be for staff to give the City Council a snapshot of the current revenue and expenditure picture, discuss any major projects or programs that will impact the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal budget, and to get some feedback and direction from City Council on what they would like to see in my preliminary budget."

A formal budget hearings/workshop will be Aug. 19-20 .


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