Toilet-to-tap recycling begins

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KFDX) – The new toilet-to-tap water recycling program is up and running in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The city turned on the valves to send the retreated waste water back into the system Wednesday morning, after spending months making sure the water reuse system’s safeguards are fully operational. The water will go through seven different purification treatment processes, including blending it with lake water and filtering it through a reverse osmosis process.

There are 57 alarm triggers that will shut down parts or all of the system if something goes wrong.

“We’re glad to finally get through all the process and testing and prove that the water is safe to drink, ” said Public Works Director Russell Schreiber.

The move was prompted by severe drought, which has decimated the city’s normal water supply. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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