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Mitigating Contamination


Parkhill, Smith & Cooper: Wheeler Reverse Osmosis Plant for the City of Wheeler

The City of Wheeler, Texas, relies on groundwater from the Ogallala Aquifer. The formation is thin and close to the surface, increasing its vulnerability to surface contaminants. After marking a steady increase of nitrate contamination, the city contracted with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper to generate solutions. With the city’s approval, the firm designed and oversaw the construction of a 1 million gallon per day reverse osmosis plant, a rarely used approach in the Texas Panhandle, to alleviate the city’s eight-year struggle with nitrate maximum containment level violations. With the help of membrane filtration, the new system supplies high-quality water to more than 2,000 residents.


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