The Killeen City Council is considering a contract for the development of a water reuse master plan that would move the city forward with its initiative to conserve potable water.
In September, the council approved the city’s request to enter into a reclaimed water supply agreement with Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1
Now, city staff is requesting the council’s approval to hire engineering firm Freese and Nichols Inc./Walker Partners Engineers team to develop a master plan.
“(The city’s) growth brings with it the additional demand for public support systems, including dependable raw water supply and a potable delivery system,” Public Works Director Scott Osburn said. “Killeen has been proactive in reviewing and strengthening its water resources and facilities. Due to limited raw water supplies in Central Texas, the utilization of reuse and reclaimed water has offered the city additional long-term options in its integrated water resource strategies.”
Reclaimed water, also known as graywater, is highly treated water but it’s unsafe for human consumption. It’s used for a variety of applications, including irrigation and industrial cooling water.
Osburn said the use of reclaimed water will preserve the amount of treated potable water available for general use in the city.
By using graywater to irrigate Stonetree Golf Club, about 500,000 gallons of potable water would be saved daily.
Osburn said following the agreement with WCID-1 for reclaimed water, the next step is establishing a water reuse master plan.
The development of the master plan is estimated to cost $327,637.
The council will vote on whether to hire the engineering firm in its 5 p.m. regular meeting Tuesday.