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Killeen council to discuss water issues at workshop

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

The Killeen City Council is set to discuss several issues concerning water at its workshop meeting tonight.

The council will discuss the city’s existing raw water and treated water supply, existing contracts with Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, expansion options for the city’s treatment capacity and general water rights.

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 city has a contract with the district dating back to the late 1950s allotting it 40,000 acre-feet of raw water. An acre-foot is equivalent to one acre of land filled with a foot of water in depth.

WCID-1 currently has the ability to treat 32 million gallons of water per day through its Belton Lake plant for the city’s use.

The Stillhouse plant, which will take from three to five years to complete, will give the city an additional 10 million gallons of water per day. Killeen currently averages about 16 million gallons of water per day, but at its highest peak, the city has used 25.1 million gallons per day, said Scott Osburn, the city’s public works director,

The Stillhouse Hollow treatment plant would increase the city’s capacity to 42 million gallons of water per day.

A treatment plant on Stillhouse Hollow is estimated to cost the city around $29.6 million. The plant will be a regional plant, serving neighboring cities as well, which also will fund a portion.

Although Killeen contracts water through the district, it has no rights to any water.

The meeting is slated for 5 p.m. today in the Utility Collections conference room, 210 W. Avenue C.

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