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Killeen council gets in-depth briefing on area water

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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 4:17 pm, Wed Feb 19, 2014.

Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 officials gave a presentation to the Killeen City Council at its Tuesday workshop meeting regarding the history of water in Central Texas as well as the district.

Scott Osburn, city public works director, said the briefing is one of several that will be held before construction begins on a plant on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir in an effort for city management to keep the issue at the forefront as the city moves forward with the project.

Last month the council unanimously gave City Manager Glenn Morrison the go-ahead to enter into negotiations with the district regarding plans to design and construct a water treatment plant on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.

The plant will add 10 million gallons of water per day to the city’s already existing capacity of 32 million gallons per day out of Belton Lake.

Jerry Atkinson, WCID-1 general manager, presented the council with an in-depth presentation regarding the history of water in Central Texas as well as the formation of the district and its relationship with Killeen.

Killeen contracts all of its water through WCID-1, which in turn contracts with the Brazos River Authority.

Mayor Dan Corbin said the presentation was “very interesting and very informative.”

“I thought I knew something but I learned a whole lot more than I knew,” he said.

Councilman Terry Clark asked Corbin, who was on the council from 2003 to 2006, if any other council, to his knowledge, had been given such an in-depth presentation.

Corbin said the presentation contained the most information regarding the history of water and the district the council had been given.

Osburn said since the council’s approval of the Stillhouse Hollow treatment plant, city officials have been negotiating contractual amendments with the district to allow for construction. The contract will ultimately go back before the council for final approval.

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