NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Nacogdoches City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to install a water recirculation system at the city’s newest splash pad, Splashadoches.
During the construction process, engineers discovered too much water flowed through the park, causing excessive waste. City leaders got to work thinking of a proper adjustment.
“It could’ve proceeded the way we started off, and that was with a pass-through system, so you can imagine the water comes into the splash pad, and then it goes right back out to the sanitary sewer or storm drain system,” said Brian Bray, Nacogdoches Director of Community Services.
Bray explained that once the project got underway, engineers realized the amount of water cycled through the system -- estimated around 100 gallons per minute -- was actually close to 250 gallons per minute.
“Staff didn’t feel comfortable using that much water and just dumping it into the system,” Bray added.
Decreasing the amount of water to the pad would impact its functionality, which Bray said they wanted to avoid at all costs. After researching several options, city leaders decided to choose a recirculating system, similar to a swimming pool, would be the best route.
“It’s a complicated process, but a fairly simple idea; we just recirculate the water. We save almost 90-percent of water used. You only lose about 10 percent to evaporation, splashing, you know, kids pouring water on mom and dad as they’re sitting and watching, that sort of thing," Bray said.
The almost $70,000 cost of installing the water recirculation system would be absorbed by the city’s Parks Advocacy League (PAL), which raised over $224,000 to pay for the splash pad.
“The city has really stepped up and made this project bigger and better,"said PAL president Michelle Cox. "And being able to upgrade to the recirculating system I think it’s really important. It’s going to be a benefit in the end.”
Nacogdoches City Council votes on the recirculation system on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Splashadoches splash park is expected to open in the coming weeks. It will remain open as long as temperatures allow.
PAL will begin selling new t-shirts this weekend to launch the opening. Check out their Facebook page for details. www.facebook.com/PALofNac/