City Council approves interim Wastewater Plant upgrades
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Council discussed expansion needs at the Central Wastewater Treatment plant. A plant upgrade plan and design is necessary because as of 2016, the city reached 75% capacity at the plant which triggers the need for a plan in accordance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requirements.
While the final plan for expansion is still under discussion, City Council approved $832,000 in interim upgrades enhancing current operational capabilities to maintain plant capacity and permit compliance until the expansion project is complete. The interim improvements include reinstallation of a sludge holding tank, replacement of blowers and transfer pumps, adding additional aerators, correcting minor piping issues and various electrical needs.
Long-term plan: The city needs to expand capacity at the wastewater treatment plant. Currently the facility is permitted to process up to 5.3 MGD (million gallons a day) and the expansion project is projected to provide at least 10 MGD of capacity for build out of the City west of SH 130. In considering the growth expected west of SH 130, City Council has requested to further evaluate the future land uses and growth projections of the area to ensure the investment made in the expansion accounts for the full build-out of the area. Additional discussion regarding the plant expansion will return to Council at a future meeting.
Based on growth projections to the east, the City's Wastewater Master Plan already anticipates a future second wastewater plant to manage east of SH 130.