City pursues wastewater expansion

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A planned $55 million expansion of Pearland’s Far Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant, also known as the Reflection Bay Water Reclamation Facility, would take the plant’s capacity from 2 million gallons per day to 6 million gallons per day.

The city held a public hearing Monday as part of the process to seek Water Development Funds from the state for the expansion, which is expected to carry the rapidly expanding west end of town largely through build-out. An $11 million temporary expansion of the plant to increase capacity, approved in January, is under way.

As part of the planned major expansion, the name of the plant would formally change to the Reflection Bay Water Reclamation Facility.

The facility began service in 2003 as a regional wastewater treatment plant, but has reached its capacity.

Meanwhile, there is continued and rapid growth in the area, says consultant Jeff Peters, senior project manager with CDM Smith.

Earlier this year, the city applied for the $55 million in funding from the Texas Water Development Board’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which provides low cost financing for planning, design and construction of wastewater infrastructure projects.

Monday’s public hearing is part of the requirements the city must fulfill as part of that process. There were no speakers during the public comment portion.

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