• December 22, 2014

Killeen wants upgrades to wastewater treatment plant

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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 4:30 am

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.

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  • Alvin posted at 8:18 pm on Sun, Aug 24, 2014.

    Alvin Posts: 252

    Killeen wants upgrades to wastewater treatment plant. There the city of Killeen goes again, wanting more.....
    So Scott Osborn said construction modifications are needed 'to increase its process flow capacity from 3 MM GPD to 6 MM GPD'. The city documents say 'several third party reviews were completed on the facility'. That says 'a lot of nothing'. Who conducted these reviews. What were their recommendations. How much money was spent on these 'third party reviews'.
    “It has been determined that moving forward with the modifications is necessary at this time,” the memorandum states” as the memorandum states and 'generally consist of process improvements, influent lift station improvements – the addition of blowers to meet the proposed oxygen requirements in the batch reactor and modifications to the digester'. Again, this says absolutely 'nothing'.
    Modifications come at a cost of $32.56 million - $8.25 million in sewer system 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.
    Now I would like to know – what have we already spent to 'conduct this study into the delivery of the influent as to the reaching of maximum flows, when, at the present expected growth is this expenditure necessitated, why it is proposed that we 'double the capacity of the present system, and doesn't the city need to go before the city itself rather than to the 7 member council.
    On question I would like to ask the Public Works Director is: 'are there working instruments to display just what influent volume is? This is asked as the wastewater flow is always the same as the city water flow, only at an increased value measurement, 13.23 for water and 18.21 for wastewater in addition to a flat rate for 'Res Drainage fee. As you can see, we are being billed at the exact same volumetric rate as the city water meter, but at an increased monetary value. And you all know, the actual wastewater volume is less than the city water due to lawn watering, car washing,etc'.
    I personally believe that this is a case of 'the city taking it to us – again, talking, but not saying anything', otherwise sometimes called – blowing smoke.
    One of the 1% who voted.