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Waste Water Plant #1 Expansion to Begin Soon

Many of you are likely familiar with AMUD’s Wastewater Treatment Plant #1 located near the back gate of DCBE.  First constructed in the 1970’s, some treatment components have reached the end of their useful life, and the plant is due for a major overhaul.

In the coming weeks, work will begin to construct new Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) units to replace the existing conventional treatment system.  SBR units basically perform all necessary wastewater treatment steps in a single tank using a timed control sequence of treatment cycles.  These highly efficient units will allow greater operator flexibility in adjusting to various treatment demands and flow rates.  Additionally, the cycles can be easily modified to adapt to potential future regulatory changes.  Simply put, SBR units produce a very high quality effluent with lower life cycle costs than other conventional treatment systems.

To accommodate additional growth in the Acton area, this project will also expand our treatment capability from 600,000 gallons per day to 930,000 gallons per day.  Total costs of these improvements are an estimated $10.5 million, and funding has been obtained through a low interest loan from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program.

Impact fee collections for new sewer service applications will assist in offsetting costs, and no increase in sewer rates are contemplated at this time.

We are pleased to be providing this new and improved treatment facility for the benefit of our Acton/DCBE customers, and will continually strive to provide quality wastewater service as efficiently as possible.