BELTON — Construction has begun on the new waterline in Belton.

Workers first broke ground near the end of March and have completed about 40 percent of the project.

The new waterline is in response to Belton’s growing population, Public Works Director Mike Huber said. In 2013, residents west of Dunn’s Canyon Road, in Dawson Ranch and Red Rock Hills complained about low water pressure.

When people turned on their faucets and showers, water did not flow readily.

Also, yards were beginning to show brown spots.

“Every house takes water away from the system,” Huber said.

Belton Public Works performed an analysis that demonstrated water pressure during high-use periods was dipping to unacceptably low levels, as dictated by the Texas Administrative Code, according to a statement released by the city.

The new waterline should

support further population growth between Sparta and Lake roads.

When it is completed by the end of June, the line will stretch more than half a mile, doubling its previous length.

Although workers have been clearing land and boring the ground along Chisholm Trail Parkway, none of the work will impede traffic, Huber said.

The new pipeline is expected to last more than 50 years.

The total design and construction of the project will cost about $600,000.

Because the city’s population is expected to increase, the waterline will, at an undetermined time, be extended north to Lake Road.

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