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Casey Stegall reported from a sewage treatment plant in Wichita Falls. The sewage is pumped to a nearby facility where chlorine and other disinfectants are added.

The water then goes through three different filtration methods, including reverse osmosis, before it’s considered safe to consume.

Lab testing is underway before it can be made available to the public. If given the green light, the water could be pumped into homes and businesses by May.


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Director of Public Works Russell Schreiber said, “The test results are actually better than we’d anticipate.”

Some residents say they would rather drink bottled water.

Stegall reported that this part of Texas, about 150 miles northwest of Dallas, is in the exceptional drought category. Check out the before and after photos below.

Lake Arrowhead four years ago compared to now: 


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