by: Chris Horgen, City of Wichita FallsOlivia Taggart
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has awarded the City of Wichita Falls public water system its prestigious Water Partners: Water Systems Helping Water Systems Award.
This award recognizes public water supply systems that help other water supply systems in one of 4 different categories; Mentoring, emergency response, operations/training and consolidations/mergers.
This year’s award was in the Emergency Response category, for the work of the Wichita Falls public water system during winter storm Uri.
The City of Wichita Falls has a long history of assisting other regional public water systems with issues ranging from major parts and critical repairs to emergency wastewater collections and treatment response.
While the City of Wichita Falls public water system was one of the few major water systems that did not fail during Winter Storm Uri, many water systems across the state had to issue boil water advisories due to system pressure failure.
Wichita Falls Water Purification Division coordinated with TCEQ and Texas Water/Wastewater Agency
Response Network (TxWARN) to let them know that our staff and facilities were immediately available to help many regional water systems rescind their boil water advisories.
It is the efforts of City staff and facilities that have helped several regional water systems resume normal operation for their citizens.
The City of Wichita Falls Utilities Divisions continue to demonstrate excellence and are committed to not only protecting the health and well-being of Wichita Falls citizens and the environment, but also helping our colleagues water and wastewater systems in case of emergency.