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Updates proposed for Austin's waste water treatment plant

KAAL-TV
Created: January 21, 2020 11:31 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The City of Austin’s waste water treatment plant is near the end of its useful life and in need of an upgrade. To help the city meet current and future regulations, a project to update the system is in the works.

The update to the plant’s 80-year-old system is expected to cost between $74,000,000 and $78,000,000. In addition to grants and state funding that the city is searching for to help pay for the project, it’s being partially funded through rate increases on utility bills. Austin residents saw a 25% increase to their sewer rate in 2018 and will continue to see an increase of 7% each year until 2023.

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“It overall is about a 75% increase from where we were back in 2017,” said City Engineer Steven Lang.

Currently the sanitary sewer cost for a residential property in Austin is $35 per month. By 2023, the city says the average monthly cost will be $49.

“I think from a city standpoint, as long as we can manage those funds properly and clearly explain and justify the need for those dollars, it helps people to understand or realize the benefit to where those dollars are going,” Lang said.

Two items regarding the Waste Water Treatment Plant were on the agenda at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. An item involving the design process of the plant was tabled for a future meeting, while flood mitigation services for the facility were approved.


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