City officials are seeking the Killeen City Council’s permission to amend its waste disposal contract with Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 for improvements to the South Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Scott Osburn, public works director, said construction modifications are needed at the plant to increase its process flow capacity to six million gallons per day. It’s current handling capacity is about 3 million gallons per day.
According to city documents, several third-party reviews were completed on the facility.
“It has been determined that moving forward with the modifications is necessary at this time,” the memorandum states. “The modifications ... generally consist of process improvements, influent lift station improvements, the installation of additional screening; fat, oil and grease separators; the addition of blowers to meet the proposed oxygen requirements in the sequencing batch reactor and modifications to the digester.”
The modifications come at a cost of $32.56 million — $8.25 million in sewer system revenue bonds and $24.3 million in sewer system refunding bonds at a 2.9 percent fixed rate by the water district on the city’s behalf. The district will not increase wastewater rates, officials said.