COPPERAS COVE — Bell County Water Control and Improvement District 1 has officially taken over the city’s composting operation.

The change of service completes an outsourcing deal expected to save residents hundreds of thousands of dollars.

On Tuesday, the Copperas Cove City Council approved a contract for Bell County WCID-1 that allows the district to handle the city’s biosolid and brush mulching composting operation at 2819 Boys Ranch Road.

“(The water district) is already doing those services and billing,” City Manager Andrea Gardner said. “We are happy with those services.”

The city will pay $1,000 plus several reimbursable fees for soil testing and minor repairs to the city’s existing equipment, according to the contract with WCID-1. The cost, however, is not to exceed $87,000.

Composting materials will be available to the city, according to the contract. WCID-1 also can use the material, but it can’t sell processed mulch.

The contract is the second agreement the city reached with the water district to take over services once conducted in-house.

A wastewater testing contract for about $31,000 a year was approved by the council in June.

Before the agreements, Cove allocated about $462,000 for both operations.

At an April meeting, WCID-1 General Manager Jerry Aktinson said his staff has the personnel to handle the workload.

“This is what we do. It is our job to be a regional water and wastewater facility,” he said.

At the same meeting, Gardner anticipated outsourcing the two services would save the city about $1.9 million in future equipment purchases.

Composting services for residents who purchase the material should not change, officials said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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