INFRASTRUCTURE

Wichita Falls is continually making improvements to our already outstanding infrastructure.  The community has not seen explosive population growth like other communities, resulting in less pressure on our infrastructure needs. 

Wichita Falls has become a worldwide leader in recycling wastewater through our direct and indirect potable reuse projects, adding over 10 mgd to our water supply. 

Representatives from around the world have visited to see and learn from our technological magic.  Our natural gas provider is investing heavily in new and larger lines for its distribution system and our electrical grid has several intrastate transmission lines capable of providing electrical energy for even the largest loads at rates as low as 3 cents per kWh.  

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AIR

Three airports serve Wichita Falls.  Sheppard Air Force Base owns the property on which the Wichita Falls Regional Airport (KSPS) is located and leases the land to the City.  The Air Force maintains four runways – 15R/33L – 13,100*300 feet; 15C/33C – 10,002*150 feet; 17/35 – 7,021*150 feet; and 17L/33R – 6,000*150 feet – that are used to provide commercial air service through a cooperative agreement with City.  The City of Wichita Falls recently completed the new $32 million Wichita Falls Regional Airport terminal which has four flights to and from the Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport per day via American Eagle.  KSPS is the only airport in the immediate area with full ILS capabilities.

RAIL SERVICE

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) operates a main-line through Wichita Falls and rights with BNSF, also provides service. The Wichita, Tillman, & Jackson (WTJRR) short-line railroad serves the industrial customers in the Wichita Falls area. Freight handling is facilitated by the use of a rail yard located in downtown Wichita Falls and has an excellent service records.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity in the State of Texas is deregulated.  Commercial and industrial customers have the ability to choose their electrical service provider. ONCOR provides the energy delivery (electricity) to all Retail Electric Providers in the Wichita Falls area. TXU Energy, Alliance Power, Reliant Energy, Cirro Energy and Direct Energy and others are REPs in the Wichita Falls area.

NATURAL GAS

ATMOS Energy provides natural gas service to commercial and industrial users, however, many large consumers by on the spot market and have Natural Gas delivered by ATMOS.

WATER
The City’s water supply is fed by two lakes – Lake Arrowhead and Lake Kickapoo.  The City is planning for the future and has begun engineering work on the creation of a new lake, to be called Lake Ringgold.

  1. Water system capacity (gpd) 88 MGD
  2. System peak daily demand (gpd) 48 MGD
  3. System average daily demand (gpd) 15 MGD
  4. System average daily excess capacity 63 MGD

WASTEWATER
The City of Wichita Falls operates three sewage treatment plants.

  1. Sewer line size (in.) 15”
  2. Sewer system average daily treatment capacity (GPD) 20.5 MGD
  3. System peak daily demand (GPD)  42 MGD
  4. System average daily demand (GPD) 12 MGD
  5. System average daily excess capacity (GPD) 8.5 MGD

PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM
The Wichita Falls Transit System, Falls Ride, provides public transportation for the City of Wichita Falls and its residents. Falls Ride now offers a GPS/AVL system called DoubleMap. This feature allows passengers to plan their route, monitor bus schedules, and track bus locations in real-time.

RIDE SHARE
Whether you’re headed to work, the airport, or out on the town, Uber and Lyft can connect you with a reliable ride in minutes. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go. And payment is completely cashless.

ROADS
Located in the south-central United States in north-central Texas, Wichita Falls is linked to major southwestern, western, and mid-western cities by Interstate 44, US Highways 82, 281, 277, 287 and Texas State Route 79. Wichita Falls is approximately an hour and thirty minutes northwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, 15 miles from the Red River that marks the Texas-Oklahoma border, and an hour and forty-five minutes south of Oklahoma City.

TELECOMUNICATIONS
Service is provided by AT&T with (2) 72-strand fibers coming into the park providing Switched Ethernet Service with speeds of 5 MB to 1 GB. The entire City of Wichita Falls and surrounding areas are now connected via fiber.  AT&T has three digital switches at the Central Office but are migrating to a Software Defined Network (SDN). Three POPs serve the City – SBC, AT&T, and MCI. Dual fiber feed and diverse routing from the Central Office are available in the business park. There are approximately 40 companies offering competitive local exchanges (CLEC) in the Wichita Falls area. 100% of our multi-county area is covered by several wireless service providers.