By Olga Pena

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS Water is a primary need for civilization; a citys infrastructure must provide for well-planned acquisition, treatment, distribution and usage of the life-sustaining liquid.

To ensure proper water management, the Harker Heights City Council wants a new water master plan.

Early this month the council told City Manager Steve Carpenter to ne-gotiate a contract for engineering services with Walker Wieder-hold & Associates L.L.C. for a 2006 Water Master Plan.

Carpenter said the citys last water plan was done about 10 years ago.

Its not unusual for cities to have it longer than that but weve grown so fast that we needed to go back and redo it, Carpenter said.

Atto Wiederhold president of Walker Wiederhold & Associates, which developed the plan 10 years ago said its time to plan for growth.

I think the plan needs to be updated because of all the growth that has occurred, Wiederhold said. Basically, you need to increase infrastructure to address that growth.

Carpenter said the master plan will address the citys entire water process, from raw water in Lake Belton to usage in homes, businesses and fire fighting.

Engineers will study raw water amounts, treatment, pump stations, storage facilities and the distribution system.

A master plan looks at the current situation, projected growth and makes recommendations for future capitol improvement projects, Carpenter said.

The plan will address, Wiederhold said, the possibility of increasing water-line capacity or building additional storage tanks and pumping stations.

Things have changed so much that we need to look at where we are and where we want to go, Carpenter said.

Carpenter is still negotiating with Wiederhold.

The plan will be completed in six months.

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